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Want more democracy in your life? There’s an app for that!

By Stephanie South, Program Associate, AASCU

American Legacy AppIn the 2004 film National Treasure, the hero Ben Gates waxes nostalgic about the Declaration of Independence (as he well should):

Of all the words written here about freedom, there’s a line here that’s at the heart of all the others: ‘But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such government and provide new guards for their future security.’

The heroine of the film and Gates’ soon-to-be-something-or-other, Abigail, assures him that people don’t really talk like that anymore, and Ben comes back with this: “I know, but they think like it.”

However, thanks to the Center for Civic Education and iTunes, those of us who do think like that but a need a little help remembering our lines can give patriotic monologues just like Gates. As with everything else these days…there’s an app for that!

The American Legacy app available via iTunes gives users more than the Declaration of Independence at a tap of their finger; it presents an entire collection of documents that encompass essential ideas of American democracy. These foundational pieces are arranged chronologically beginning with the Mayflower Compact.

American Legacy includes the full text of the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, and features excerpts from The Federalist Papers, Chief Justice John Marshall’s opinion in Marbury v. Madison, George Washington’s “Farewell Address”, Thomas Jefferson’s First Inaugural Address, Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?,” Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address, the Gettysburg Address, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, among many others. Also included is an extensive index to the U.S. Constitution.

Priced at only $1.99, I couldn’t resist the chance to offer my own rendition of the Founding Fathers at a moment’s notice or be able to prove myself right during an argument about America without Google.

Install, please!

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Darlene Hantzis #

    Increasing civic knowledge one app at a time; love this–powerful words in our hands. I never leave home without a pocket constitution; it will be nice to locate it on my phone.


    December 4, 2012
  2. Reblogged this on Home of SUNY Oswego Civic Engagement.


    December 6, 2012

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