Our story began in 1971 with the realization that Americans were losing sight of the incredible “Freedom Formula” our founding fathers gave their lives for. It became the mission of the National Center for Constitutional Studies (NCCS), originally called The Freeman Institute, to identify the guiding principles of social interaction that created and will most likely maintain a free society. These principles are found in the writings of the Founders and the legal documents they created (ie. The Declaration of Independence (1776) and the United States Constitution (1787)).
Through the years NCCS has published books, (including The 5000 Year Leap & The Making of America) as well as other product, in an effort to identify and communicate principles of social interaction that will most likely promote freedom and protect human rights. In addition to our books, study material, and other educational resources, we have been active in holding thousands of seminars covering every state in the union. These seminars have ranged in length from evening meetings to all day events.
Our Educational Programs
A lot has changed in the last 50 + years, but our commitment to civic education remains the same. As Thomas Jefferson said, “education…is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power”. Here are a few ways in which we are continuing our educational goals.
We continue to hold Constitutional seminars around the nation in the form of all day events and, in some cases, evening meetings. In our seminars we talk about America’s Great Success Formula. We explore the lives of Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Franklin, Washington and others who discovered key principles of human interaction. We then show how they used these principles to create policy in the form of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Click here to learn how you can bring a Making of America seminar to your area.
In the past several years NCCS has undertaken a project to encourage Americans to read and then learn about the Constitution of the United States. We started by printing 500,000 copies of our own Pocket Constitution, (which includes the US Constitution, the amendments including the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence). We solicited the help of individuals, businesses, schools, government agencies, etc. to help in this effort. To date we have distributed almost 24 million copies of this booklet. We have been thrilled by the positive response this program has generated. As we continue this program we invite you to participate with us as we encourage every American to read the United States Constitution.