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Center for 1776

Center Vision

America’s Founding Fathers recognized that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights …” Sadly today, academic elites and demagogues challenge this self-evident proposition, choosing instead to embrace identity politics, division, and submission. The America First Policy Institute (AFPI) will work to affirm and celebrate America — not as an aesthetic act, but as a moral statement. Our work aims to promulgate American values in our educational institutions and through our Nation’s citizens — not as a look back at the past, but as the foundation of our future.

As we approach the 250th anniversary of our country’s founding, we find ourselves at a crossroads. Our Nation is more polarized than ever before, and American patriotism and the values that founded the greatest political experiment of all time are under attack. The America First Policy Institute (AFPI) will disseminate the truth about the American founding into our Nation’s schools and homes to restore national unity and pride through a renewed understanding of our founding.

Policy Priorities

The AFPI Center for 1776 will research and develop policies that promulgate a historically accurate, pro-American curriculum across the United States and advance the ideals upon which our Nation was founded. These include:

  • Advocating for and executing the implementation of patriotic education in our schools.
  • Developing model legislation and policies focused on promoting patriotic curriculum and blocking divisive concepts like Critical Race Theory that state legislators can consider implementing.
  • Driving transparency on the curriculum in our schools.
  • Educating parents, school officials, and legislators.
  • Educating America’s educators.


Lou Holtz

Chairman, Center for 1776

Jack Brewer

Chairman, Center for Opportunity Now and Vice-Chairman, Center for 1776

Governor Phil Bryant

Senior Advisor

Alex Campana

Director of Stewardship and Policy Analyst, Center for 1776

James Baehr

Senior Fellow, Center for 1776