The James Wilson Foundation on Natural Rights and the American Founding

The President’s Advisory 1776 Commission Releases “The 1776 Report”

The President’s Advisory 1776 Commission, established to support the teaching of patriotic education, has released “The 1776 Report.” According to a White House statement, the report seeks to present “a definitive chronicle of the American founding, a powerful description of the effect the principles of the Declaration of Independence have had on this Nation’s history, and a dispositive rebuttal of reckless ‘re-education’ attempts that seek to reframe American history around the idea that the United States is not an exceptional country but an evil one.”

JWI finds much to celebrate in this document on reinvigorating first principles in the teaching of American Civics. The report can be read below.

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Law and liberty cannot rationally become the objects of our love, unless they first become the objects of our knowledge.
— James Wilson, Lectures on Law, 1790