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The early leaders of our country held widely divergent views on many topics, but their writings reflect a common appreciation of the importance of the right to know.
These leaders recognized that in order for the new democracy to survive, public access was essential. As James Madison wrote: "[A] people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."
Sunshine Week celebrates the people's right to access the records and proceedings of their government and continue a centuries-old tradition of public access in America.
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