Citizenship in the 21st Century

Citizenship in the 21st Century is a public discussion project, which encourages participants to explore some of the big questions and provocative issues that face and challenge us as “Americans” in the modern era. What makes us “American?” How does the law shape our American identity and “citizen” status? What does it mean to be a “global citizen?” Are we all global citizens in the face of globalization? You are invited to explore a question and start a conversation.


Each box presents a big question with a link to a conversation-starting essay, or provocative discussion questions with suggested resources for learning more. All of the resources presented as part of the Citizenship in the 21st Century project are linked directly, or are widely available at public libraries or bookstores. Essays, questions, and resources may be used to develop public programs, book or film discussion programs, or neighborhood conversations.



Citizenship in the 21st Century is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Bar Association, or any of its program partners.