FPRI Primers provide lay and student audiences with the background details of historical figures or events, civic institutions, and important political organizations. Because today’s youth consumes information in vastly different ways than earlier generations, FPRI Primers include three components:

  1. A brief text, written by an FPRI expert in the particular topic, aimed at the lay or student audience.
  2. A five-minute video, in which the scholar presents that text, with animation to illustrate the main points.
  3. A lesson plan for teachers, which will help them to incorporate the information from the previous two items into their social studies curricula.

FPRI Primers will help FPRI play a significant role in the development of the next generation of American citizens by informing today’s youth about the most important topics in America’s civic history and culture in new and entertaining ways. In providing such an essential service to both the community and the classroom, FPRI will further expand its traditional role as a supporter of education as well as primary research.

Videos:

The Birth of the Constitution: An FPRI Primer

In this FPRI Primer, Ron Granieri explores the development of the US Constitution, and how it differs from the original ...

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The Declaration of Independence: An FPRI Primer

In this FPRI Primer, Ron Granieri explores the Declaration of Independence, and places it in its larger historical and geopolitical ...

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The National Security Council: An FPRI Primer

In this FPRI Primer, Ron Granieri explores the role of the National Security Council in American foreign policy, and places ...

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Essays:

The Birth of the Constitution: An FPRI Primer

As both a statement of philosophical purpose and a legal expression of the American desire to separate from the British ...

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The Declaration of Independence: An FPRI Primer

  “When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which ...

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The National Security Council: An FPRI Primer

Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution identifies the President of the United States as the Commander in Chief ...

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Lesson Plans: