Records of Rights
The rights and freedoms embodied in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights did not initially apply to all Americans.

Martin Luther King, Jr., described them as “a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.” For generations, various groups have struggled to “cash that check.”

“Records of Rights” showcases documents from the holdings of the National Archives to illustrate how Americans have endeavored to define, secure, and protect their rights.
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