Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship


There were 13 original states. How many can you name?

An immigrant undergoing the naturalization process must be able to name three, and know the answers to the other 99 questions in the citizenship exam. Many aspiring citizens rely on rote memorization in order to pass the test. Night Kitchen recognized these challenges, as well as the opportunities they might afford to support immigrants in their journey to obtaining United States citizenship.

Preparing for the Oath is foremost a tool to prepare immigrants in successfully passing the citizenship exam. It also serves as a vehicle to engage learners in better understanding the key principles of American democracy, thus helping them become more informed members of their adopted country.

Through rich media vignettes, interactive activities, and practice tests, students can gain context and understanding of the people, events, and concepts that have shaped American democracy. Bold colors and graphics, combined with clear typography and vocabulary aids, allow for visitors at all educational and language levels to engage with each question and activity. Graphical elements drawn from objects in the museum’s storied collections provide a richly-textured guided exploration into the key concepts that govern our society.

The 13 original states, by the way, were Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island.


Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship

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