The Idea of America uses a framework that views American history as an enduring “Great Debate”—Americans share deeply-held values, but engage in constant debate over the proper balance between them. Learners discover the values that define and strengthen our republic, study their role in American history, and develop their own informed opinions on the fundamental and recurring issues in our democratic republic.

Program highlights:

  • Engaging digital content—a dynamic combination of printed text, video, audio, games, simulations, and primary sources—formatted into 65 case studies that span American history
  • Content that fosters debate and reignites the lost art of rhetoric and informed civil discourse
  • Compatibility with common platforms, including tablets


The Idea of America is perfect as a one-on-one personal enrichment for life-long learners or homeschool families, or it can be used as a course of study in adult education settings or for civic groups.

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