A Summary of Americans All: Tools to Build a More Perfect Union
Today, Americans All remains true to its mission to honor the contributions that all immigrants, both forced and voluntary, have made—and continue to make—to our nation. A second goal is to help schools and small businesses prosper. Our 35-year-old nonprofit foundation’s education resources are being used in more than 2,000 schools and libraries nationwide, helping to highlight the values that unite, rather than divide, the American people. We aim to reinforce the idea that differences make us human, but respect for one another—a key to getting past stereotypes or politics—is the glue that makes communities work. Individuals, families, schools and nonprofits participate in Americans All for free.
Our nation has become so polarized that a major reset is required to get us back on track. We have expanded our focus and website to document and support major Civil Rights and Women’s Suffrage issues as well as the Black Lives Matter movement. We must recognize our history before we can move forward. Our engagement aims to help people who care understand that unconscious bias is the very human tendency to make quick—and sometimes lasting—harmful judgments about people without having a factual basis to do so.
To start a serious conversation about systemic racism, we must first identify its driving forces (see the Civil War, Jim Crow Laws and Jim Crow Violence summary pages). We must also expose the continuation of cornerstone beliefs and related symbols that are still negatively affecting societal behaviors. Our storytelling tool is not new, but it has never been used to share the experiences and contributions of everyday people or to unite a nation. Once caring people see that their unconscious biases may unintentionally lead to discrimination and may harm their self-interest, the road to change becomes possible. We can then override the polarization and work on creating a more perfect union.
Information on the Americans All Website
Information on the Americans All website documents the driving forces of systemic racism and other examples of social injustices.
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
—George Santayana, Life of Reason, 1905
"A house divided against itself cannot stand."
—Abraham Lincoln, June 16, 1858
Group Stories From Our Heritage Honor Roll (January 5, 1996–?)
We help generate significant momentum for the cause of equal civil rights. Most storytelling websites carry stories of well-known individuals or individuals who belong to specific groups. Our website is far more informative and inclusive. We provide historical content that provides context for the individual stories and enable stories to be published in multiple foreign languages. In addition to including stories of everyday heroes, such as our military personnel and domestic first responders, we include the stories of people who have been denied legal, moral and ethical protections and the stories of people who supported—and continue to support—victims and their families. We keep their compelling stories alive, so their experiences become more than a short-lived sound bite or news story.
Americans All: Program Summary and Community Benefits (September 17, 1986–?)
The protests following the tragic deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd and the deep divide in our nation reflected in the 2020 presidential election have awakened much of the public to the plight African Americans, and other people of color, face daily in the U.S. Congress and state legislatures have the responsibility to pass legislation to level the playing field, but so far they have lacked the political will to do so comprehensively. Enter Americans All. Our program remains true to its mission to honor the contributions that all immigrants, both forced and voluntary, have made—and continue to make—to our nation. Our 35–year–old nonprofit foundation’s education resources are being used in more than 2,000 schools and libraries nationwide and highlight the values that help unite, rather than divide, the American people. Importantly, individuals, families, schools and nonprofits participate in Americans All as lifetime members for free. They also receive a free 3–month trial in our Social Legacy Network to get more benefits, including discounts on goods and services from program partners.
Timeline of Events That Helped Shape Our Nation: The Peopling of America, A Comparative and Inclusive Chronology (1600–1991)
Traditionally, timelines focus on dates from only one nation, cultural group or perspective. This timeline, however, documents a confluence of peoples, cultures and ideologies that make up U.S. history. This approach is strengthened by deemphasizing heroes and heroines and eliminating traditionally recognized birth and/or death dates. The emphasis has been redirected to broader periods, trends and cultural aspects of many groups while recognizing the significant role one individual or small group can play in society. Although many groups make up this kaleidoscope we call the United States, this publication focuses on the stories of Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, European Americans and Hispanic Americans. These groups were selected because of their historically important immigration and migration experiences, both forced and voluntary.
Ethnic and Cultural Groups: Summary (c.1619–?)
Ancestors of all Americans came here from diverse locations, so we all have immigrant roots. These experiences can be shared through legacy stories, which acknowledge that heritage and culture are rich aspects of personal and group identity. The actions, accomplishments and contributions recorded in these stories afford future generations knowledge, insight and inspiration. Stories about ethnic and cultural group members and organizations are housed and listed alphabetically by their last name on our web–based Heritage Honor Roll. These stories also appear on the Americans All home pages of our Legacy Partners.
Timeline of the Women's Suffrage Movement: Summary (January 1, 1849–?)
The word “suffrage” means “voting as a right rather than a privilege,” and this word has been in the English language since the Middle Ages. Suffrages originally were prayers. Then the meaning was extended to requests for assistance, then the assistance provided by a supporting vote, and finally the vote itself. Therefore, in 1787, the Constitution used suffrage to mean “an inalienable right to vote.” And the right to vote was what advocates of women’s equality sought for the half of the adult population that had been excluded.
Timelines and Legacy Stories of the Civil Rights Movement: Summary (January 1, 1600–December 31, 2014)
Americans All provides a free tool—our Heritage Honor Roll—to help generate momentum for the cause of equal civil rights. Our informative and inclusive website adds historical data to provide context for individual stories. We encourage the use of annotated timelines that enable users to easily see—and compare—events in chronological order. And, without any background, the significance of a story cannot be fully understood or appreciated. In addition to housing stories of well-known people, we archive stories of everyday heroes, such as parents, teachers, immigrants, military personnel and domestic first responders.