Hillsdale College teaches true American History


Dear Fellow American,

Thinking back to my school days, I can’t imagine hearing from a teacher that our nation’s history is essentially one of injustice—that America at its heart is racist, sexist, and undeserving of respect.

You might have a hard time imagining that as well.

But, this is the sad reality for far too many of our K-12 and college students today.

Too many young Americans do not learn what makes America an exceptional nation and a beacon of liberty for the world. Too many young Americans are taught that our nation’s past holds no positive lessons which we can apply moving forward.

So, is it any wonder that so many younger Americans today feel an increasing attraction to socialism and other ideas destructive of liberty?

You may be discouraged by the Left’s dominance in our colleges and universities, and its increasing influence in K-12 education. But we must not lose hope. Instead, we must fight back with the truth.

Hillsdale College has been engaging the Left on the battlefield of education from the beginning. Earlier this year, we produced a free online course entitled, “The Great American Story: A Land of Hope.”

And I’m asking for your help in promoting it to millions of Americans—especially younger Americans—and to expand our other critical outreach efforts on behalf of liberty nationwide.

Taught by historian Wilfred McClay and based on his recently published history of America, “The Great American Story: A Land of Hope” presents a full, unbiased account of America’s past. Hillsdale’s goal in producing and promoting it is to restore the kind of intelligent patriotism—especially among our young people—that is essential to preserving free government.

This is the surest means of preserving liberty. And, this is why Hillsdale makes every online course available free of charge to any citizen wishing to learn.

“The Great American Story: A Land of Hope” is a powerful counterweight to The New York Times’ “1619 Project,” which is injecting the idea that America is an essentially unjust nation into the curricula of America’s K-12 schools.

Of course, producing a new online course and making it available free of charge requires significant resources—and promoting the course nationwide, which is essential, costs even more.

But your support is critical to our success.

As you know, Hillsdale College refuses to accept one penny of government funding—not even indirectly in the form of federal or state student loans and grants. That’s why Hillsdale can remain true to its mission on behalf of liberty, free of so many bureaucratic regulations that burden other colleges and universities.

This independence also means that all of Hillsdale’s work—especially its national outreach efforts on behalf of liberty, which includes free online courses—is entirely dependent on the support of private citizens, like you, who understand the importance of education to liberty.

Can I count on you today to help promote the “The Great American Story: A Land of Hope” to millions of Americans nationwide and expand Hillsdale’s other educational outreach efforts with a generous tax-deductible gift?

Please make your best tax-deductible gift using this secure link:


We deeply appreciate your partnership in promoting the kind of intelligent patriotism—especially among younger Americans—that is essential to preserving free government.

Warm regards,

Larry P. Arnn
President, Hillsdale College
Pursuing Truth—Defending Liberty Since 1844

P.S. For a gift of $100 or more, we’ll send you a special Hillsdale College edition of Dr. McClay’s book, Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story, on which this free online course is based. Conservative historians and thinkers have praised the 460-page book as accurate, honest, lucid, and lyrical, and was named ISI’s 2020 “Conservative Book of the Year.”

Thank you deeply for helping us promote civic literacy—especially among younger Americans.