American Civics


The American republic rests upon the foundation of “E Pluribus Unum” — out of many, one. Although the Founders knew from their own experience that a vast diversity in outlooks and opinions would be present among the country’s citizens, they understood that such diversity must rest upon principles and practices we hold in common. It is up to each generation to make sure that this foundational unity remains intact. This project on American Civics seeks to contribute to that worthy cause.

To go deeper into the subjects covered by this online library, please visit the following subportals: EqualityLibertyRace & SlaveryU.S. ConstitutionEngaging the 1619 Project, Student Resources1776 Series, Making Citizens Series, and About RealClear's American Civics Portal.

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Essential Reading

  • Colleen Sheehan, Michael Zuckert, Alan Gibson, et al., Starting Points
    James Madison’s lasting influence and prescience are undeniable. His most widely recognized historical contributions include...
  • Gordon Wood, ACTA
    It is a great honor to be here to receive the Philip Merrill Award from ACTA. For a number of years, I have been on the nominating...
  • Daniel J. Mahoney, RealClearPublicAffairs
    It is hard to dispute the claim that the United States is a political and social order in the midst of an immense crisis. The old...
  • Peter Wood, National Association of Scholars
    Nikole Hannah-Jones has just published an augmented and greatly extended version of “The 1619 Project,” The 1619 Project...
  • Jenna Silber Storey, American Enterprise Institute
    Bottom Line: Professor Jenna Silber Storey argues that liberal education rightly understood can help students choose well among...
  • Eric Kauffman, Claremont Review of Books
    Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents is a compelling fable, told by an expert storyteller. A recipient of...
  • 1776 Unites
    The 1776 Unites curriculum offers authentic, inspiring stories from American history that show what is best in our national character...
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Carl Cannon's Great American Stories



Michael Warren, Patriot Lessons
Michael Gerhardt, National Constitution Center
Glenn Loury & Khalil Gibran Muhammad, SCETL
James Oakes & Martin DiCaro, History as It Happens
Hannah McCarthy & Nick Capodice, Civics 101
Chris Flannery, American Story
John Wood, Jr., Braver Angels
Gary S. Lawson, National Constitution Center
Paul McCartney, Bonnie M. Miller, Louis Pérez, & David Randall, National Association of Scholars
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