US History Program | Facing History & Ourselves
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US History Program

Our US History program trusts young people to grapple with history based on evidence and facts. They learn to understand how the events of the past leave enduring legacies that shape the present. Students deserve history courses that illuminate the complexity of their country and the world around them, that acknowledge their lived experiences, and that demonstrate trust in them as thinkers and civic actors.

At the heart of Facing History’s approach to teaching US History is an examination of the nature of democracy. Using a rich collection of primary source material paired with engaging lessons, students explore the debates over the meaning of democracy throughout the history of the United States, as well as the battles (at times rhetorical, political, legal, and violent) over who is entitled to participate in and benefit from the democratic process.

Our approach seeks to cultivate in students an understanding that democracy is among the most fragile of human enterprises, one that can only be achieved and maintained through the active, thoughtful, and responsible participation of its citizens.


“Democracy is a process, not a static condition. It is becoming, rather than being. It can easily be lost, but never is fully won. Its essence is eternal struggle.”

William H. Hastie, the First African American Federal Judge

“This seminar has totally rocked my world! It has made me reexamine, not only how I teach Reconstruction, but how I teach period.”

Reconstruction Seminar Participant, 2021

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