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.

Click to Filter

Essential Reading

  • Nathan Harden, RealClearEducation
    If a tree falls in the wilderness and there’s no one there to hear it, does it make a sound? That could be the start of an interesting...
  • The 1776 Commission, RealClearPublicAffairs
    Sept. 17th is a day of celebration and pride.Two hundred and thirty-four years ago on this date, 39 delegates from throughout...
  • Mary Grabar, RealClearPublicAffairs
    Within the context of the events taking place during his lifetime, Thomas Jefferson comes off as the prudent voice of reason and...
  • Wilfred M. McClay, National Affairs
    In the run-up to the tenth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, one could predict with ease two things about...
  • Matthew J. Franck, RealClearPublicAffairs
    This spring, President Biden appointed a 35-member Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States, charged...
  • Thomas G. West, Wilfred McClay, Joshua Mitchell, et al., Law & Liberty
    The essays in this symposium are based on longer papers that were prepared for the third conference in the Ryan Foundation’s American...
  • 1776 Unites
    The 1776 Unites curriculum offers authentic, inspiring stories from American history that show what is best in our national character...
Load More

In the News

Load More

Carl Cannon's Great American Stories



Ian Rowe, Janice Rogers Brown, Glenn Loury, & Wilfred Reilly, AEI
Jeffrey Rosen, William R. Hite, Louise Dubé, & Sal Khan, National Constitution Center
Joeseph Fornieri & Jeff Sikkenga, American Idea
Hadley Arkes, Mark Graber, David Tubbs, & Vincent Phillip Munoz, National Association of Schoalrs
Chris Flannery, American Story
Peter Berkowitz, PolicyEd
Load More