BY: Tim Jacobson | July 20, 2015

iCitizen history matters: Summer 1787: James Madison conjures a constitution

At iCitizen, we think it’s important to remember how we Americans, when we were Americans still-in-the-making, engaged with our country when our country was a country still-in-the-making. That was a time long before democracy as we know it took hold, a time when ideas about representative democracy were being laboriously worked out, fought over and finally written down. It is wise for us to remember that we too will be remembered for how good a job we do, engaging with our country. The job that our predecessors did sets the standard high.

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BY: Tim Jacobson | July 9, 2015

iCitizen history matters: Independence won, but next?

Their job consumed the 1770s and 1780s. It entailed wrenching choices between loyalty to Great Britain or treasonous rebellion, choices that split families and divided communities. It entailed a bloody six-year-long conflict with the world’s most formidable power, a conflict that on the military merits the Americans seemed almost certain to lose. Even when they won, they faced a troubled, unsteady peace and incipient disunion. Then, between May and September 1787, came a “miracle.”

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BY: Tim Jacobson | June 15, 2015

iCitizen history today: Freedom’s first marker

iCitizen is barely three years old, but we are building our company on a heritage reaching back to a document signed and sealed in a grassy English meadow along the Thames 800 years ago this week. We know it as Magna Carta, the Great Charter. Magna Carta was responsible government’s first marker, and it is our job every day to pass the inheritance on.

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BY: Tim Jacobson | May 14, 2015

Engaging VE Day

In a young country like the United States 70 years is a long time, long enough to make it seem that the “then” and the “now” belong to different worlds.  Last Friday, May 8, in 15 spectacular bursts of sight and sound over Washington, D.C., those worlds briefly became one.

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