The Study of American History


America’s Founders had a unique opportunity to start government anew—while drawing on the accumulated knowledge and experience of Western Civilization, from ancient Greece and Rome to the English constitutional tradition. Based on principles of equality and consent, the Constitution secures the rights and promotes the happiness of all citizens. The great controversies of American history—including the current crisis of progressivism—have centered around the meaning of those principles.


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Larry P. Arnn is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College, where he is also professor of politics and history. He received his B.A. from Arkansas State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School.