The National Archives invites the public to become “citizen curators” and help choose an original document for the opening of our new David M. Rubenstein Gallery “Records of Rights ” exhibition on November 8, 2013.
Vote online through October 14, 2013.
The “Records of Rights” permanent exhibition and the David M. Rubenstein Gallery was made possible in part by the Foundation for the National Archives, through the support of David M. Rubenstein.
The documents under consideration are:
- The 1868 joint resolution proposing the 14th Amendment to the states. The 14th amendment established the principle of “equal protection of the laws” and granted citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States.”
- The 1971 certification of the 26th Amendment. The amendment lowered the voting age from 21 to 18.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990, which expanded Federal civil rights laws to include disabled Americans and banned discrimination in employment, public services, public accommodations, transportation, and telecommunications.
- Executive Order 9981, 1948. Signed by President Harry S. Truman, this order desegregated the U.S. Armed Forces.
- The Immigration Reform Act, 1965. These amendments to a 1952 immigration law ended the country-based immigration quotas that had favored immigrants from western and northern Europe.
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