In this study group we will review, over two semesters, the entire sweep of American history, from 1492 through the 2016 Presidential election. Our text will be These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore (Norton, 2018), a professor of American History at Harvard University as well as a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine. In her ambitious undertaking, Lepore places truth itself — a devotion to facts, proof, and evidence — at the center of the nation’s history. She points out the American experiment rests on three ideas — “these truths” Jefferson called them — political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. The United States is founded on a set of ideas, but Americans have become so divided that they no longer agree, if they ever did, about what those ideas are, or were. “A nation born in contradiction will fight forever over the meaning of its history”, Lepore writes, but engaging in that struggle by studying the past is the work of citizenship. Join us as we explore the promise of America, the extent to which that promise has been delivered or denied, and what it ultimately means to be an American.