Inspired minds built the republic! Inspired minds will build the Republic!
Inspired minds shape our nation’s history
Created by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, The Idea of America presents our nation’s rich history, from its early beginnings to the 21st century. The program connects students to the inspiring story of how each generation of Americans faces challenges and makes choices that shape our nation’s history.
The goal is active, responsible citizenship
The Idea of Americais all about the civic mission of social studies education. The program provides the knowledge and skills that students need to fulfill the duties of citizenship in our participatory democracy. Students analyze, debate, and form opinions so that they can help make the decisions that will guide our nation.
Engage in a great debate
The Idea of America uses a framework called “The Great Debate”—the idea that Americans are in a constant debate over the proper balance between certain essential values. Students discover the “value tensions”that define and strengthen our republic, study their role in American history, and develop their own opinions on these enduring fundamental issues. View the value tension chart below.
Sample Case Studies
Explore several case studies to see how The Idea of America helps students see connections throughout history.
Inspiring and preparing students for active citizenship
The program provides the knowledge and skills that students need to be active, responsible citizens in our participatory democracy.
A fully digital high school American history program
The Idea of America presents our nation’s rich history, from its early beginnings to the 21st century.
Engaging students in a way that textbooks cannot
The Idea of America immerses students in a stimulating, interactive, multi-sensory learning experience.
Learn about Teacher Testimonials: