In nine lectures, this course examines the Founders’ understanding of equality, natural rights and civil rights; the quest for justice in America through the Civil War, during Reconstruction, and in the 20th century; and the danger posed to freedom and civil rights today by identity politics.
With this free online course, you’ll learn how civil rights are supposed to ensure that we are all treated fairly under the law, thus securing our natural rights to life, liberty, and property. And you’ll examine the great challenges to the understanding and pursuit of justice and equality from the American Founding through today.
You may be asking, “Why would Hillsdale College produce this course and offer it for free?”
- First, the study of civil rights in America is fundamental to understanding American government. In 1776, America was founded on the principle that “all men are created equal.” Civil rights in America are essential to the protection of our natural rights and our freedom to lead our daily lives.
- Second, the study is urgent because of a growing effort to discredit our nation’s history as irredeemably flawed. Some people want to teach young Americans that our nation’s history is oppressive and shameful—that the essential fact of American history is not freedom but slavery. This falsehood encourages division, silences free speech, and promotes tearing down and erasing our nation’s history.
- Third, the goal of the leftist progressive movement is to teach Americans that our limited government and Constitution is incapable of securing just government and to convince us that it must be replaced with a radically different form.
This course will help you confront this destructive narrative and defend free government in America.
You can watch the course trailer and reserve your spot in the course by clicking on the secure link below.
Civil Rights in American History is the honest story of America’s quest to achieve justice, including the trials and triumphs in their pursuit, as it also analyzes the threats to our rights today. I hope you will join in this study of the true meaning and history of our rights in America.
A certificate of course completion is provided.
Civil Rights in American History is just one of several free online courses offered by Hillsdale College. For high school and college graduates, these courses refresh existing knowledge. For homeschool students, these courses can serve as electives on your high school transcript. For job seekers, these courses can serve as recent academic achievements within the education portion of a resume.
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