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1.3 The Meaning of Citizenship

Rights, roles, duties and responsibilities of a U.S. Citizen
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Jessica Smith

on 29 August 2013

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Transcript of 1.3 The Meaning of Citizenship

Roles, responsibilities, rights and duties
The Meaning of Citizenship
Because it is possible to live and work
in the United States without being a
full citizen, citizenship must mean
something more....

You are a citizen if...
What it means to be a citizen
1. You were born in the U.S. or one of its territories, even if your parents are not citizens.

2. At least one of your parents was a United States citizen when you were born.

3. You have been naturalized, which means you have gone through the process of becoming a citizen.

4. You were less than 18 when your parents were naturalized.
When people come to this country, they are considered aliens: a citizen of one country who lives in another country.
- They have the same rights and duties, but cannot vote or hold government office.

Naturalized citizens have all the rights and duties of citizens by birth except the right to be President or Vice President.

Citizenship can be given up or taken away at anytime civic responsibilities are violated.
Naturalization
As citizens, we elect representatives,
or people who are chosen to speak
and act for their fellow citizens
in government.
The Office of Citizen
Our rights are guaranteed to us by our Constitution and protected by our laws in courts.

Some rights include the right to vote, say what you think in speech or writing, practice religion, have a fair trial, etc.
Rights, Responsibilities and Duties
By recognizing our duties, we are supporting our government's efforts to meet out needs as a society.

Examples:
-obeying laws (and recognizing that no one is about the law.)
-defending the nation: more people that join, less chances of a draft - but men, you must register.
-serving on a jury
-paying taxes: without these, local, state and federal government could not pay for our services that make our lives better.
-attending school
Duties of Citizens
Work towards the common good.
Responsibilities of Citizens
voting.
Hold government office.
Participate in Campaigns
Influence government
Serve the community
act in ways to protect the rights and freedoms of other Americans.
From President
to school board
Shows that you have accepted the responsibility of learning about the issues and try to make decisions that are in the best interests of the people they represent.
Help a candidate in his or her election campaign!
Persuade government to take action regarding a cause you believe in by speaking, writing letters, etc.
make your community a better place to live in :)
Our other Role's in Society
Consumer
Friend
Social Group
Family Member
Student/worker
Citizen
About 83.9 million adults participate in some form of volunteer work.
As you participate in your social roles, you will have to make choices about how actively you want to participate in a given role at any time.
About 44 percent of all Americans spend an average of 3.6 hours a week in volunteer work.
Americans spend 15.5 billion hours of their time volunteering in a given year.
There are many active ways to get involved, but some people are content with staying informed and voting.
The Citizen Role
Being a responsible citizen is not limited to participating in political activities.
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