Ideas matter only to the extent that people develop and apply them. This is the story that begins with colonization and culminates with independence. It is a gripping story with real heroes—people who made choices, took risks, made mistakes, and, in the end, set the stage for the American nation. It shows the origins of ideas like limited government, federalism, and religious liberty, emphasizing how rare and valuable is our American heritage.

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Our Rich Heritage

A great movement is taking place among the people of America. Ordinary citizens—many of whom have never been involved in politics—are rising up, getting involved in their local governments, taking a stand in their communities, joining hands with their likeminded neighbors to defend what they believe are their rights as Americans. We hear over and over again the call for America to “return to her Founding principles.” What?

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Founding Documents of the United States

These important documents, which include the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and others written between 1764 and 1791, showcase the philosophical, traditional, and political foundations on which our nation was built and which continue to shape our free society.

Although reading about the Founding documents (in textbooks, journal articles, or other secondary sources) is important, reading the Founding documents themselves is the best way to understand the purpose of our national government, the liberties we enjoy, and how those liberties continue to affect and shape our free society.

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Days of the Revolution

  • An overview of the events, figures and key points of debate leading up to the Declaration of Independence.
  • Would the Second Continental Congress declare independence?
  • What acts and military events led to the consideration of independence?
  • Would all of the states agree to declare independence?
  • Who wrote the Declaration and who were its signers?
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History of the Constitutional Convention

A discussion of the men and the process of how the constitution came into being.

This podcast covers:

  • Introduction to the Constitutional Convention and the weekly podcast
  • The road to the convention: The Revolutionary War
  • The road to the convention: The American confederation debate
  • The road to the convention: The Articles of Confederation
  • The issues of the convention: Representation, Taxation, Slavery, State Sovereignty and much more.
History of the Constitutional Convention