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Textbooks

In addition to the new Bill of Rights Institute/OpenStax online textbook described above, two noteworthy options are:

 

  • Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story by University of Oklahoma professor Wilfred M. McClay, published in 2019 by Encounter Books. The book, intended as a trade publication usable as a textbook,“should outshine the competition thanks to its balanced approach to American history, its superb narrative style, and its reintroduction of topics and themes that have long since fallen from the pages of most classroom editions” (reviewer and high school teacher Howard Muncy, May 2019).
  • What So Proudly We Hail is a rich anthology of stories, speeches, poems, and songs by patriotic Americans from diverse perspectives, edited under the direction of prominent educators Amy and Leon Kass. The selections and commentary promote a shared national identity based on informed patriotism, character, and citizenship rooted in America’s founding principles.
  • We the People, a series for elementary, middle, and high school students offered by the Center for Civic Education. Since 1987 the Center’s We the People program, which extends beyond textbooks to include teacher professional development and simulated state legislative hearings, has reached more than 30 million students and 75,000 educators and has received a large amount of federal funding through its history. Civic education leaders say that We the People is the most valuable part of the Center’s work as a solid, unbiased program. Contact: Robert Leming, director, 818.591.9321.
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