The Lower East Side Tenement Museum has embraced the challenge of serving as a democracy-building institution by providing a venue for dialogue about immigration-related issues. It has also, through its Shared Journeys program, involved new immigrants in these dialogues, and so engaged people who are not yet naturalized citizens in the practice of citizenship. In this process, the museum is redefining what it means to be a citizen, and by extension, creating a more inclusive and thus more dynamic democracy.

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