The Capitol Dome

Fall 2014

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NON PROFIT ORG U.S. POSTAGE PAID 200 Maryland Ave., NE Washington, DC 20002 (202) 543-8919 (800) 887-9318 USCHS 2014 Student Essay Contest Focuses on Voting Rights in American History A s part of its mission to promote the history of the United States Congress and American representative government, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society announces its 2014 Making Democracy Work Student Essay Contest for the 2014–15 school year. e contest is conducted in two divisions, grades 6 to 8 and grades 9 to 12. e top three entries in each division win cash prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250. In addition the two first place winners receive a trip to Washington, D.C. e schools of the two first place winners will also receive a $1,000 cash award. Entries must be submitted on or before June 5, 2015. e topic of the 2014–2015 school year contest is: Why is voting rights an important issue in American History? e Voting Rights Act of 1965 will be 50 years old in 2015. Why is voting so important to this nation, and why has the extension of voting rights been such an important and controversial issue in American history? For more details on the contest theme and how to enter the contest, go to:

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