Perspectives on American Democracy

Time Period
1764 to 1824
1825 to 1860
1861 to 1876
1877 to 1924
1925 to Today
Media Type
Politics & Government
Matt Pochily, Virginia Video Network

As part of The Richmond Times-Dispatch's live election night coverage of the 2022 mid-terms, Matt Pochily explored the American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith exhibition on display at the VMHC and a handful of stories and perspectives on democracy. Developed by the National Museum of American History and adapted for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the exhibition examined the continuing story of America’s bold experiment in a government “of, by, and for the people" and the history of civic engagement in the U.S. through Smithsonian collection artifacts, contemporary objects, and touchable artifacts.