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A Future President’s History Lessons

July 4, 2017 by Rushad Thomas |

Study the past. These three simple words are etched in stone on a statue outside the National Archives building. On this Fourth of July, as Americans gather to celebrate with fireworks and barbecues, it...

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Intern Blog: Towards a True Civic Education

July 28, 2016 by Nathaniel Urban |

What does it mean to be an American? That seems like a simple question every American college student should be able to answer. For a majority of students, however, it is not so simple. Most college...

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In Memoriam: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

February 16, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

With the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, we have lost an unwavering defender of the principles on which this nation was founded. As ACTA shakes its head at its Constitution Day...

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Class on Friday: Echoes of Appomattox

April 10, 2015 by ACTA |

Since so many colleges and universities treat Friday like the weekend, ACTA has taken up the mantle of end-of-the-week education. Friday classes may be a thing of the past, but each Friday afternoon...

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Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize Promotes Military History

March 26, 2015 by Alex McHugh |

Founded last year to support the study of military history, the second annual Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History was, on Monday, awarded to Alexander Watson for his book Ring of Steel: Germany...

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ACTA Survey Prompts Civics Revival in North Dakota

February 24, 2015 by Alex McHugh |

Back in December, ACTA was thrilled to learn that North Dakota’s superintendent and the state’s first lady were championing a bill to require high school seniors to pass a civics test before graduation....

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Class on Friday: Top Ten Presidents

February 20, 2015 by ACTA |

Since so many colleges and universities treat Friday like the weekend, ACTA has taken up the mantle of end-of-the-week education. Friday classes may be a thing of the past, but each Friday afternoon...

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Reflecting on Constitution Day 2014

September 17, 2014 by Alex McHugh |

If you’re like us, you were very excited for Constitution Day today. Maybe you even got out your tri-cornered party hat and a fresh set of nibs. As we recalled this important moment in our history...

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Higher Ed News Roundup: Happy Constitution Day!

September 17, 2014 by ACTA |

Happy Constitution Day! How well do you know our nation's founding document?

Here's why we shouldn't relegate the Constitution to a single day

A timely review of The History Manifesto, an attempt...

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Higher Ed News Roundup: How Well Do You Know Your Roosevelts?

September 15, 2014 by ACTA |
During which war was FDR president? Our survey suggests about 40% don't know.  
 
What John Oliver forgot to tell you about student debt. 
 
The University of Michigan may be purchasing $13,000...
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Higher Ed News Roundup: The Lessons of History

August 27, 2014 by ACTA |

One professor's efforts at immersing students in history, with great results.

For those who think technological changes spell the end of higher ed, a different kind of history lesson.

Looking back...

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Happy July 2nd!

July 2, 2014 by ACTA |

Wait. Isn’t Independence Day the 4th? 

 Did ACTA jump the gun? Not so. 

 It was actually today, in 1776, that the Second Continental Congress approved a resolution declaring independence from the...

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Higher Ed News Roundup: Do Americans Know Their History?

June 5, 2014 by ACTA |

Here's what's new in higher ed:

Cal Thomas’s column picks up ACTA’s newest survey on historical illiteracy.  

College leaders are arguing over how to respond to president Obama’s proposed rating...

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Military History and the Meaning of Memorial Day

May 27, 2014 by ACTA |

It is always a pleasure to kick off the summer with a long weekend. But between barbeques, parades, and shopping sprees, we fear too many Americans have forgotten what Memorial Day ought to be about....

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ACTA Congratulates Allen Guelzo on Winning First Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History!

March 19, 2014 by ACTA |

In 2013’s last issue of Inside Academe, we expressed out excitement about the new Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History. The Prize was established in order to “draw public attention to military...

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