Barbara Jordan was the first African American woman ever elected to the Texas legislature. She went on to represent her State in the U.S. House of Representatives (1973-1979). Famous for her eloquent speeches, Barbara Jordan often seemed to serve as the conscious of the government. In her keynote speech at the 1976 Democratic National Convention, she noted: "A nation is formed by the willingness of each of us to share the responsibility for upholding the common good. A government is invigorated when each of us is willing to participate in shaping the future of this nation...Let each person do his or her part. If one citizen is unwilling to participate, all of us are going to suffer. For the American idea, though it is shared by all of us, it is realized in each one of us."
Evaluating the Question: How do Jordan's expectations for Americans relate to the basic ideas that underlie our democracy?