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Hillsdale's Constitution Minute

The U.S. Constitution is the key to securing liberty for all Americans — yet few know exactly what it says, and what freedoms it protects. These videos are meant to give a simple and quick understanding of key aspects of the U.S. Constitution.

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Our free Constitution online courses are taught by experts on America's Founding. Learn with the same professors who teach our undergraduate students on campus. 

As always, Hillsdale offers these courses for no charge—completely free—as part of our mission to help all Americans pursue truth and defend liberty.

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This course considers the principles of the American Founding as well as key features of American government based on those principles. Led by Hillsdale College President Larry P. Arnn, the course also examines the major challenges posed by Progressivism to American constitutionalism.

Introduction to the Constitution

Constitution 101

Taught by our Politics faculty, this course will introduce you to the meaning and history of the U.S. Constitution. The course will examine a number of original source documents from the Founding period, including  the Declaration of Independence and The Federalist Papers, and will  consider two significant challenges to the Founders’ Constitution: the institution of slavery and the rise of Progressivism.

Constitution 201

With introductory and concluding lectures by Hillsdale College President Larry P. Arnn, the nine lectures—taught by members of Hillsdale College's politics department faculty—are a continuation of Constitution 101. These lectures will focus on the importance of the principles of the American Founding and the current assault on them by the Progressives.

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Hillsdale Dialogues

Podcast discussions featuring Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn and other College faculty.


Featured Articles

These articles on the U.S. Constitution have been hand-selected from Imprimis, Hillsdale College's free monthly speech digest.


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Constitutional Myths and Realities

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The Unity and Beauty of the Declaration and the Constitution

Larry P. Arnn, President of Hillsdale College

Stephen Markman, Justice of Michigan Supreme Court

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Edward J. Erler, Co-Author, The Founders on Citizenship and Immigration

The Constitution and Limited Government

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Tom Cotton, U.S. Senator from Arkansas

Is the Constitution Colorblind?

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Edward J. Erler, Co-Author, The Founders on Citizenship and Immigration

Foreign Policy and the Constitution

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Morality, Law, and the Constitution: The Genius of the Founding Generation

Kenneth W. Starr, Former Independent Counsel

The Presidency and the Constitution

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Mike Pence, Vice-President of the United States

Access all Imprimis articles online at imprimis.hillsdale.edu.

Imprimis is the free monthly speech digest of Hillsdale College and is dedicated to educating citizens and promoting civil and religious liberty by covering cultural, economic, political, and educational issues. The content of Imprimis is drawn from speeches delivered Hillsdale College events. First published in 1972, Imprimis is one of the most widely circulated opinion publications in the nation with over 4 million subscribers.

Once per week, Hillsdale College president Larry P. Arnn and other Hillsdale College faculty join Hugh Hewitt to discuss Great Books, Great Men, and Great Ideas. The playlist below includes some of the best Dialogues on the U.S. Constitution.

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Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the U.S. Constitution