“Whenever the people are
can be trusted with
their own government”
-- Thomas Jefferson
On Being Informed
"Democracy cannot succeed," Franklin Roosevelt reminded us, "unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely."
We at Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective, believe that understanding the past is the best way to evaluate the choices we face as citizens in this democracy.
In that spirit, we are pleased to present a new feature: A Well-Informed People. Explore this site and learn more about the history, mechanics, and vitality of democracy.