We believe American citizens and future generations must understand our nation's heritage in order to advance our country and compete in a global economy.
Many Americans are developing what David McCullough, a former editor of American Heritage, called “collective amnesia.” Our nation’s central narrative is becoming lost as schools cut history courses, teachers lack training, and academics focus on narrow, politically correct topics.
For 72 years, it has been the mission of American Heritage to connect Americans to their heritage. It has always told our nation’s story in a trusted, non-partisan manner. The new National Historical Society will help millions of Americans – especially the next generation – discover the events, principles, and values that make our nation great.
Leaders of the Society believe that for American democracy to be effective, its present and future citizens need to understand how our nation came to be, what it stands for, and the sacrifices made by so many for the freedoms and prosperity we enjoy.
A recent Newsweek survey found 38% of Americans couldn’t pass a citizenship test, 65% couldn’t identify what happened at the Constitutional Convention, and 40% couldn’t say whom we fought in World War II.
With civic literacy at shockingly low levels, it is vital that the National Historical Society achieve its mission of imparting knowledge about our nation’s past and principles.