Resources for Understanding America

The Rutherford Institute’s Constitutional Corner

Hillsdale College Online Courses

The Constitution: An Introduction

50 Core Documents (from

Wall Builders

William J Federer’s American Minute

American Minute Email Archives Homepage

The Founding Fathers and Slavery

How Christians Ended Slavery

Conservatism  v.  Progressivism and Liberalism

Our ”Godless Constitution”: The Complicated Truth

The Declaration of Independence and the American Creed

The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America

The AEI Program on American Citizenship

What So Proudly We Hail: Making American citizens through literature

Understanding American Liberty

Is America Exceptional?

Hillsdale College: Constitution 101

The Heritage Guide to The Constitution

Constitutional Literacy

The Constitutionality of Debt

Why is America Exceptional?

American Exceptionalism

The Origins and Character of American Exceptionalism

The Civics Crisis: Both reformers and the educational establishment should focus on what makes America great

What is the American Idea?

America Abroad: Exceptional Since 1776

In Defense of American Exceptionalism

Quotes regarding the Judeo-Christian foundation of the West and the U.S.


Three speeches from Ronald Reagan: Text & Video


American Majority series “Why America is Great


Two articles from

Natural Law and the ‘Right’ to Health Care

Postmodernism: A Unified Theory of All the Trouble in the World


Milton Friedman “Free to Choose” Series and Interviews


The legendary PBS TV series “Free to Choose” (1980) by Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman is now available on Google Video for free (by courtesy of the Palmer R. Chitester Fund).

Volume 1: Power of the Market
Volume 2: The Tyranny of Control
Volume 3: Anatomy of a Crisis
Volume 4: From Cradle to Grave
Volume 5: Created Equal
Volume 6: What’s Wrong With Our Schools?
Volume 7: Who Protects the Consumer?
Volume 8: Who Protects the Worker?
Volume 9: How to Cure Inflation
Volume 10: How to Stay Free

Updated 1990 Series:

Volume 1: The Power of the Market
Volume 2: The Tyranny of Control
Volume 3: Freedom & Prosperity
Volume 4: The Failure of Socialism
Volume 5: Created Equal


The Charlie Rose Show – Milton Friedman
Free to Choose: A Conversation with Milton Friedman
The open Mind (1975) – Milton Friedman on Limited Government
An Ethic for the New Global Economy (Panel Discussion)
Milton and Rose Friedman (Videoconference)
Commanding Heights: Milton Friedman


I, Pencil: An Introduction by Lawrence W. Reed

Eloquent. Extraordinary. Timeless. Paradigm-shifting. Classic. Half a century after it first appeared, Leonard Read’s “I, Pencil” still evokes such adjectives of praise. Rightfully so, for this little essay opens eyes and minds among people of all ages. Many first-time readers never see the world quite the same again.

Ideas are most powerful when they’re wrapped in a compelling story. Leonard’s main point—economies can hardly be “planned” when not one soul possesses all the know-how and skills to produce a simple pencil—unfolds in the enchanting words of a pencil itself. Leonard could have written “I, Car” or “I, Airplane,” but choosing those more complex items would have muted the message. No one person—repeat, no one, no matter how smartor how many degrees follow his name—could create from scratch a small, everyday pencil, let alone a car or an airplane.

Continue reading this introduction

Click here to read the entire essay:,%20Pencil%202006.pdf.

Here’s a video about it from the Competitive Enterprise Institute:

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