17.9.12

Constitution 201 -- free course -- learn about progressivism

George Washington,  by James Peale, ca. 1787-1790
From Hillsdale College -- Happy Constitution Day -- and enjoy their newest online project, The Constitution Reader Online. It is perfect for teaching the Constitution.


On September 17, 1787—225 years ago today—thirty-nine men signed the new  Constitution in Philadelphia. It is the most successful and enduring constitution in the world.  Learn more here.

Here are some examples of what you can teach today:
You can also show your students a beautiful painting of September 17, 1787 (The Signing of the American Constitution), by Hillsdale College Art Department Chairman Sam Knecht.
You also find the site’s Study Resources useful:
  • The Topics thare are most important to understanding American government.
  • The key Debates between the Founders, the Progressives, and others.
  • A database of Quotes drawn from the Reader.
  • An illustrated Timeline of American constitutional history.
Explore the meaning and history of the Constitution with your students today!


We completed the Constitution 101 course at Hillsdale College last year, now they have added a second course. This new 10-part online course taught by Hillsdale College professors examines American progressivism: its historical roots and principles; its rejection of America's founding principles and Constitution; its political successes in the New Deal, the Great Society, and in recent years; the ongoing political debate between progressives and conservatives; and the chance of a constitutional revival.

Register for the Constitution 201

Two courses are available, Constitution 101 and 201

101:  The Meaning and History of the Constitution
201:  The Progressive Rejection of the Founding and the Rise of Bureaucratic Despotism





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