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“By the People: Citizenship in the 21st Century”

PBS anchor Jim Lehrer hosted “By the People: Citizenship in the 21st Century” a one-hour program based on a series of local deliberations in select U.S. communities and from the November 2007 Williamsburg convocation entitled "Dialogues in Democracy: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” The PBS documentary aired January 4, 2008.

"Dialogues in Democracy,” held in Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area and in partnership with MacNeil/Lehrer Productions’ By the People, was a national conversation with emerging leaders and influential Americans about fundamental citizenship. Delegates explored 21st-century citizens' rights, responsibilities, and expectations. The final day of the four-day program was held in Colonial Williamsburg’s House of Burgesses in the Capitol. Delegates created a draft of a "Declaration of Citizenship for the 21st Century," intended to extend the conversation to the public.

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VideoSlideshow from "Dialogues in Democracy: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."

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VideoVideo Highlights of the Williamsburg Convocation

Length: 5:30
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