What Every American Should Know

Inspired by the Aspen Institute's What Every American Should Know project we polled a few PCPL staffers on the things they think a person needs to know in order to be culturally and civically literate in the 21st century.

The Apollo Moon Program, the scientific method, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire are just some of the books, events, ideas, and places that made their lists.

Curious to learn more? Be sure to visit our E-Library and check out tools like World Book Online to boost your 21st century literacy skills today!

According to Jenn B., Dewhirst-Catalina Library:

US Constitutional Amendments (especially the First Amendment!)
How to communicate effectively with your elected officials
Functions of the 3 branches of the Federal Government
Visit Washington D.C.
World Wars I and II
The location of your nearest public library
Basic computer literacy
Basic health literacy
Basic science literacy
Basic understanding of world history and world religions


According to Caitlin B., Joel D. Valdez Main Library:

LA Riots (25th anniversary)
The Sanctuary Movement
Little Women
19th Amendment
March on Washington
Industrial Revolution
United Farm Workers Movement
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
Globalization
A People's History of the United States


According to Gene L., Joel D. Valdez Main Library:

Apollo Moon Program
The American GI
The Wright Brothers
The Manhattan Project
The Panama Canal
The Searchers (1956)
Star Wars (1977)
The Second Amendment
Interstate Highway System
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial


According to John M., Oro Valley Public Library:

Home repair
World history
Multiculturalism
Food gardening
US Constitution
Scientific Method
City infrastructure
Basic computer skills
How government works
Racism in the United States


What would your list look like?