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    "Civil Code" Book from Italy

    The oldest gift to a Secretary of State in the museum’s collection is this copy of Codice Civile del Regno D’Italia or, translated into English, Civil Code of the Kingdom of Italy. It was printed in 1901 by Fratella Bocca Editori, an Italian publishing house. The pocket-sized publication has a short handwritten…

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    What Do Diplomats Need to Do Their Job?

    U.S. diplomats use various resources to best represent and advance the interests of the United States. At the National Museum of American Diplomacy, we describe…

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    What is Diplomacy and How Does it Work?

    Diplomacy is the art and practice of building and maintaining relationships and conducting negotiations with people using tact and mutual respect. Through a hypothetical example,…

  • Video

    What Is Democracy Development?

    The United States offers multiple kinds of monetary assistance around the world. One category of this assistance goes toward the promotion of democratic principles and…

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    What Is Humanitarian Assistance?

    Across the world, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are coordinating the United States’ humanitarian response to man-made…

  • Story of Diplomacy

    The Declaration Heard ‘Round the World

    The 1776 Declaration of Independence is one of the most universally well-known historical documents. American diplomats continue to promote the democratic values enshrined in its…

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    Continuity and Change Over Time

    Analyzing how people, ideas, systems, groups, events, and things change over time is a valuable skill for understanding the past, present, and future. In this…

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    Mini Object-Based Learning Activity

    This 15-minute activity uses an object from the National Museum of American Diplomacy’s collection and a video to teach students concepts of diplomacy. This activity…