The Woodson Center

“1776” is an assembly of independent voices who uphold our country’s authentic founding virtues and values and challenge those who assert America is forever defined by its past failures, such as slavery. We seek to offer alternative perspectives that celebrate the progress America has made on delivering its promise of equality and opportunity and highlight the resilience of its people. Our focus is on solving problems.

We do this in the spirit of 1776, the date of America’s true founding.

Featured Essays

An excerpt from "Shame"

By Shelby Steele | February 17, 2020

The Moral Meaning of America: Two Parallel Narratives

By Jason D. Hill | February 13, 2020

Slavery does not define the black American experience

By Wilfred Reilly | February 13, 2020

Acknowledging Slavery’s Limits in Defining America

By John Wood, Jr. | February 13, 2020

The Crucial Voice of “1776"

By Robert L. Woodson, Sr. | February 13, 2020

An Algorithm of Success: Understanding Black America

By John Sibley Butler | February 10, 2020

We Live in an Impure World

By Joshua Mitchell | February 10, 2020

Responses to Adversity

By Robert Cherry | February 10, 2020

Critical Race Theory’s Destructive Impact on America

By Carol M. Swain | February 10, 2020