Introducing The Hillsdale 1776 Curriculum

Recognizing the critical moment in which we live, and in response to what Prof. Wilfred S. McClay calls “the weaponization of history,” Hillsdale College’s K-12 Education department has published a comprehensive K-12 American history and government curriculum for students, parents, and teachers.

The curriculum is available now via free download at

The curriculum, nearly 2,400 pages long, gives educators across the country the tools they need to teach American history thoroughly and well, with lesson plans, sample tests and quizzes, Hillsdale-vetted books, primary sources ready for students, timelines, key terms, geography, and “Keys to the Lesson,” which help teachers think through each lesson during their prep time.

We’ve made units on the American Founding and the Civil War available now, and in the coming months we’ll be publishing curriculum on Colonial America, The Early Republic, The Gilded Age and the Progressive Era, The Great War and the Roaring Twenties, The Great Depression and the Second World War, and the Cold War and Modern America. All of this will be available for free in the coming months.

Whether you’re a homeschooling parent, a history teacher just looking to do right by your students, a high school student studying online, or a history buff looking for quality things to read, this curriculum is for you.