9.09.2021

The National Archives and Records Admin has now put "WARNING LABELS" on our historical documents: the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights.......

 

The National Archives and Records Administrations (NARA) now warns that all historical documents may contain “potentially harmful language” on their website’s catalog.

 


NARA’s trigger warning is present above all documents -- including the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Bill of Rights -- on the Archives’ website and anytime a user is searching for or researching the catalog.

In a statement released in late July, NARA defines harmful content and addresses how their employees are addressing the problem of offensive language in documents.

“Harmful content” is described as anything that may:

  • reflect racist, sexist, ableist, misogynistic/misogynoir, and xenophobic opinions and attitudes;
  • be discriminatory towards or exclude diverse views on sexuality, gender, religion, and more;
  • include graphic content of historical events such as violent death, medical procedures, crime, wars/terrorist acts, natural disasters and more;
  • demonstrate bias and exclusion in institutional collecting and digitization policies.

Acknowledging the offensive nature of these documents, the NARA still stands by their mission to maintain and make government records available, but they will “seek to balance the preservation of this history with sensitivity to how these materials are presented to and perceived by users.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A More Perfect Union: George Washington and the Making of the Constitution 

 

 

 

The Constitution of the United States and The Declaration of Independence