Joe Foss Institute

Today, four out of five 8th graders aren’t proficient in civics and only 9 percent of fourth-graders can identify Abraham Lincoln. Join with the Joe Foss Institute, an educational non-profit organization, to battle civics illiteracy and close the civics education gap. Together, with programs that serve schools, youth organizations, and teachers, we will prepare tomorrow’s leaders for a life of active and engaged citizenship. Learn more now!

On this day in 1810,

the abolitionist Cassius Marcellus Clay was born. Clay, son of Kentucky slave-owners, was inspired b

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Fannie Lou Hamer risked her life to vote

On this day in 1917, the Mississippi civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer was born. Hamer was the

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Looking at 10 great speeches in American History

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech certainly ranks highly in the pantheon of

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Happy Birthday 19th Amendment

Today, we celebrate the anniversary of the 19th Amendment (ratified on August 18, 1920). Here’s wh

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Eight States Add Citizenship Test as Graduation Requirement

Eight states—Arizona, Idaho, Louisiana, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wis

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It was 250 years ago today: the Sons of Liberty take over Boston

There were a lot of events that led to American Independence, but it was 250 years ago today that th

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Eighth-graders have shown no improvement in four years….

U.S. eighth-graders have shown no improvement in four years in their knowledge of history, geography

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Civics education can increase participation

I applaud the goal of the Civics Education Initiative’s effort to be sure Iowa students have a bas

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‪‎On This Day‬ in 1925, a verdict was reached in the famous Scopes Monkey Trial—an epic battle over the teaching of evolution.

On July 21, 1925, the famous Scopes Monkey trial over teaching evolution in public schools concluded

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How Philadelphia lost the nation’s capital to Washington

July 16 is a sad day for some historically minded Philadelphians: It’s the 225th anniversary of th

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