The Founders’ Compass
A Guide to America's Constitutional Crisis
This is a guide to America, its principles, and the crisis in which we find ourselves today. The principles of The American Founding must be studied and firmly grasped if we are to return to the Constitutionalism of the founding period. Today we face a crisis of that constitutionalism that threatens the civil and religious liberty that follow from it—that crisis is the challenege of Progressivism and the Administrative State. It is the third in a series of three major crises in American political history. How we deal with this crisis—and how we've dealt with them in the past—is a matter of Politics and Political Reform, the application of America's principles to the problems we face today. Also fundamental to understanding America and its principles are Culture and Religion (the American character and religious liberty), Economics (property, free enterprise, and the liberty they create), Education (the promotion of the intellectual and moral virtues to perpetuate civil and religious liberty), and Foreign Policy (America's role in the world as a sovereign nation).
Each page below includes a list of Hillsdale's best resources from Imprimis, the Kirby Center's lectures, and the College's faculty; key primary sources from The U.S. Constitution: A Reader; a selection of books for further reading; and a timeline of critical events in American history.
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