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BC-50326-06Federal/State Partnership: Grants for State Humanities CouncilsNorthern Marianas Humanities CouncilEmbracing Democracy: Vignettes from the Northern Mariana Islands9/1/2006 - 1/31/2009$61,020.00DebraT.Cabrera   Northern Marianas Humanities CouncilSaipanMP96950-4336USA2006History, GeneralGrants for State Humanities CouncilsFederal/State Partnership4602015000460200

Humanities programs that explore the origins of democracy in the Northern Marianas Islands through several projects including the development of a digital print media database of local newspapers and periodicals, an oral history project that explores residents role in the Civil Rights Movement, and a digital photographic database of historic photographs held in local repositories.

The origins of democracy in the CNMI can be traced to WWII when the islands were captured by U.S. forces. Over the next 42 years, NMI residents were governed by the U.S. Navy and as a part of a UN trusteeship, before achieving U.S. citizenship under a self-governing Commonwealth in union with the USA. The Council will explore aspects of our democratic form of government through three humanities programs: The Free Press in the NMI; and The Struggle for Civil Rights; and Picturing Democracy.