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Introducing our free online U.S. History resource for high school students! Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness is designed to meet the course needs of a yearlong U.S. History or AP U.S. History class. The history of the United States is presented through a series of narratives, primary sources, and point-counterpoint debates that invites students to participate in the ongoing conversation about the American experiment. The content is coupled with rigorous assessments that help students to develop historical thinking skills and reasoning processes.

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Subject Line: [Insert Your Organization Name] is Proud to Share This New Digital U.S. History Resource from The Bill of Rights Institute

We are thrilled to introduce you to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, a free digital U.S. high School U.S. History textbook published just last year by OpenStax at Rice University and our friends at the Bill of Rights Institute.

Life, Liberty... is adaptable for any learning environment and is already being used by over 700 teachers from across the country. This is what just a few teachers are already saying about this amazing resource:

“I can't believe it is free since it is better organized than textbooks that cost $200 and that is not including the online extras. …”- Carl S., Uniontown, PA

“I really liked all of the primary sources that students can access! This helps teaching them historical thinking skills that are the historians' tools for inquiry.” -Lisa V., Mooresville, NC

Recently approved by the College Board, this resource is full of adaptive learning features like text highlighting and text-to-speech, and it contains contributions from nearly 100 scholars from across the country. It also contains over 2600 assessment and 466 components including 175 narratives, 152 primary sources, and 30 point-counterpoint essays.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness is designed to meet the course needs of a yearlong U.S. History or AP U.S. History class, but it also allows teachers to pace it properly for each student.

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For questions about Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness or any of the Bill of Rights Institute’s resources and programs, please contact Rachel Davison Humphries, Director of Outreach,