The Battle Over McNary-Haugen and Federal Agriculture Policy

President Coolidge’s opposition to McNary-Haugen demonstrated his consistence within his political philosophy and preferred policy preferences of a limited government.

Remembering a Forgotten Champion of Labor

John Hendrickson: Calvin Coolidge valued American labor and the spirit of work and his policies led to job creation and economic expansion.

The Federal Budget and Morality

John Hendrickson: Coolidge regarded “a good budget as among the noblest monuments of virtue” and believed that the issue of taxation was also a moral issue.

The Historical Roots of Big Government

John Hendrickson: The true origins of today’s big government originate with the progressive and modern liberal movement of the early 20th century.

President Trump and Republicans Should Follow the Mellon Economic Plan

John Hendrickson: President Trump and Republicans in Congress should follow the example of Andrew Mellon who promoted tax cuts and fiscal discipline.

An Old-Fashioned American: The Political Values of Calvin Coolidge

John Hendrickson: James M. Beck’s description of Calvin Coolidge as an “old-fashioned” American was fitting because it reflected Coolidge’s political philosophy.

Should Iowa Require High School Students to Pass U.S. Citizenship Exam?

John Hendrickson: The Civic Education Initiative is a step in the right direction in reversing this great moral problem of civic ignorance among high school graduates.

Five Early American Political & Legal Theorists on Federalism

Read what early American political/legal theorists James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Joseph Story, & John Marshall said about federalism.

Did Iowa Improve Their Social Studies Standards? (Part II)

In part II of Shane Vander Hart’s critique of Iowa’s new social studies standards, he expresses his concern about the potential for indoctrination.

The Design of Providence

John Jay in The Federalist #2: “The country and this people seem to have been made for each other, and it appears as if it was the design of Providence.”

Caffeinated Thoughts Radio 12-19-15 (Guest: Anders Lewis)

Brian Myers and Shane Vander Hart discuss the CNN GOP Debate. Plus Anders Lewis, co-author of Advanced Civics for History Teachers, calls in.

Branstad Becomes Longest Serving Governor in U.S. History

Today Iowa Governor Terry Branstad became the longest serving governor in U.S. History having served 20 years, 11 months and three days.

Study: Students Should Pass U.S. History Assessment Before Graduation

Pioneer Institute Study: States should mandate passage of a U.S. history assessment with a strong focus on the founding documents as a H.S. grad requirement.

The Forgotten Alexander Hamilton

John Hendrickson: Alexander Hamilton is a forgotten conservative statesman, whose ideas can help us solve the great national problems that we face today.

New Study: Common Core ELA Standards Harms U.S. History Instruction

A new Pioneer Institute study finds Common Core will further damage history instruction by including U.S. History in its English language arts standards.

A Salute to Frederick Douglass as We Celebrate Freedom

Remember on Independence Day the heroes of American history, like Frederick Douglass, whose legacy represents the principles upon which America was founded.