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From the INTRODUCTION

In the course of human events there have always been
those who deny or reject human freedom, but
Americans will never falter in defending the
fundamental truths of human liberty proclaimed on July
4, 1776. We will—we must—always hold these truths.
The declared purpose of the President’s Advisory 1776
Commission is to “enable a rising generation to
understand the history and principles of the founding of
the United States in 1776 and to strive to form a more
perfect Union.” This requires a restoration of American
education, which can only be grounded on a history of
those principles that is “accurate, honest, unifying,
inspiring, and ennobling.” And a rediscovery of our
shared identity rooted in our founding principles is the
path to a renewed American unity and a confident
American future.
The Commission’s first responsibility is to produce a
report summarizing the principles of the American
founding and how those principles have shaped our
country. That can only be done by truthfully
recounting the aspirations and actions of the men and
women who sought to build America as a shining “city
on a hill”—an exemplary nation, one that protects the
safety and promotes the happiness of its people, as an
example to be admired and emulated by nations of the
world that wish to steer their government toward
greater liberty and justice. The record of our founders’
striving and the nation they built is our shared
inheritance and remains a beacon, as Abraham Lincoln
said, “not for one people or one time, but for all people
for all time.”
 

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