What defines America? What does it mean to be an American? What are the examples of indisputable American Truth that serve as the guiding examples of our country’s past and present? Those are some of the questions we’re asking and ones we will answer in our special reporting — American Truth.

This reporting focuses on the concepts of truths in American history that allow us to thrive today. We are celebrating the truths that make America a powerful, influential and unique country that serves as an example to the rest of the world. We’re also exploring moments in history that have challenged our American way of life and forced us to grow as a nation.

We live in polarized times, but there have been plenty of polarizing moments in our history. There have also been moments and movements that allow every individual American citizen to pursue their right to live a free and happy life.

To tell these compelling stories, we will work to showcase someone whose life behavior demonstrates an American truth. Examples might include the right to vote, the right to free speech, the civil rights movement, immigration, equality and civics education.

The important documents that define this nation will also play a key role. The Declaration of Independence expresses the ideals upon which the United States was founded and the reasons for separation from Great Britain. In the same spirit, the U.S. Constitution is the fundamental framework of America’s system of government.

Freedom, justice, representation and equality are pillars that represent the basic values of democratic political systems. Reflecting upon our country’s nearly 250 years of existence, it’s time we see how we’re performing as a nation and as a people. It’s time to remind ourselves of the principles that guide us and the ideals we embrace. It’s time to celebrate an American Truth.

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What is an American truth?

What defines America? What does it mean to be an American? Those are some of the questions we're asking and ones we will answer in our new special report -- American Truth.