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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… Continue Reading >>

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 students… Continue Reading >>

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 Continue Reading >>

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,… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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 Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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… Continue Reading >>

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. Outside… Continue Reading >>

Teaching Teachers American History

March 4, 2014 by ACTA|

American higher ed seems at once unmoored from the past and afraid of the future. Many universities are using outmoded educational models and producing a generation of historical illiterates. It’s… Continue Reading >>

Why We Celebrate Washington’s Birthday

February 17, 2014 by ACTA|

Happy Washington’s Birthday!

You may know today as “Presidents’ Day,” but the Uniform Monday… Continue Reading >>

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