Wilfred M. McClay | Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story

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Wilfred M. McClay is the G.T. and Libby Blankenship Professor in the History of Liberty at the University of Oklahoma. He received his Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins University. He has also taught at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Tulane University, Georgetown University, and Pepperdine University, and he served for eleven years as a member of the National Council on the Humanities. He is the author of numerous books, including The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America, The Student’s Guide to U.S. History, and, most recently, Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story.

Hillsdale College is an independent institution of higher learning founded in 1844 by men and women “grateful to God for the inestimable blessings” resulting from civil and religious liberty and “believing that the diffusion of learning is essential to the perpetuity of these blessings.” It pursues the stated object of the founders: “to furnish all persons who wish, irrespective of nation, color, or sex, a literary, scientific, [and] theological education” outstanding among American colleges “and to combine with this such moral and social instruction as will best develop the minds and improve the hearts of its pupils.” As a nonsectarian Christian institution, Hillsdale College maintains “by precept and example” the immemorial teachings and practices of the Christian faith.

The College also considers itself a trustee of our Western philosophical and theological inheritance tracing to Athens and Jerusalem, a heritage finding its clearest expression in the American experiment of self-government under law.

By training the young in the liberal arts, Hillsdale College prepares students to become leaders worthy of that legacy. By encouraging the scholarship of its faculty, it contributes to the preservation of that legacy for future generations. By publicly defending that legacy, it enlists the aid of other friends of free civilization and thus secures the conditions of its own survival and independence.

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9 thoughts on “Wilfred M. McClay | Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story”

  1. As this started for me just now I took a look at the ebook on Amazon, felt compelled to purchase it. Having it in front of me as the lecture progresses is a gift, well worth the few dollars. Thank you Professor McClay and thank you Hillsdale for producing this presentation.

  2. I'm 64 and your description of memory hit me particularly hard because I'm starting to lose my memory. Without getting dragged down in details I just say, you're right.

  3. Oh no. Because of the situation we are in today, I'm interested in the 1700 particularly the letters and conversations the wives of our founding fathers had. A great part of our country was influenced by these brilliant women. I'm a man by the way but I find these letters fascinating.

  4. I love “Land of Hope”. I saw it reviewed in World magazine. Kudos to Mr McClay for writing such a readable & engaging text. I’m a homeschool mom & my kids will be reading this!

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