Academy of American Democracy

Created in partnership with the New York Historical Society as part of their Academy of American Democracy project, this series looks at the links between the roots of democracy in ancient Athens and modern day democracy in the USA

Women in Ancient Athens

The lives and rights of women in Greece, from a modern perspective, seem severely limited; yet, they played important roles in society.

Democratic Symbols in Ancient Athens

In ancient Athens, symbols were used to promote religious and democratic ideals and beliefs. Thousands of years later these symbols helped to define the United States.

Ancient Greek Theater

Greece was home to hundreds of open-air arenas where citizens came together to discuss the important issues of the day. Like Broadway today, they were a place for both entertainment and important social commentary.

The Road to Athenian Democracy

What forms of government preceded democracy and how did this pave the way for the ancient Athenians to invent democracy?

The Stonewall Uprising

How the The Stonewall Inn became the focus of the LGBTQ+ community’s fight for rights in the 1960s

Public Spaces and Democracy

Why are public spaces – places that are open to everyone, where people can gather – necessary for democracy?

The Atlantic World

How did the Atlantic World connect the Old World and New World and impact the development of early America?

The Geography of Ancient Athens

Welcome to Athens, the birthplace of democracy, and one of the most successful city-states in all of Ancient Greece: thanks, in part, to its unique geography.

Art as Activism

Some of the most prominent activism comes from artists – who create work that inspires people to think critically about the society they live in