Too many colleges and universities have become places for focusing on means and not upon ends—and, as such, places where the confused and bewildered of the next generation acquire techniques and tools, but graduate having gained neither direction nor order to their souls.
A liberal arts education is an education in those things that are worth studying for their own sake, because they are beautiful, good, and true, because they help make us wise and prepare us to live well. The Western Heritage is part of a liberal education. While the practical utility of the documents in this book may elude immediate detection, the inheritance they offer is beyond the price.
The Hillsdale College History Faculty has painstakingly assembled this volume (and its companion volume, American Heritage: A Reader) in order to provide its own students with a true liberal arts education grounded in the Western and American traditions. Now it is making these collections available for the first time to others. Perfect for classroom use at the high school level and up, these extraordinary textbooks will provide readers both inside and outside the classroom with a traditional educational experience that enlarges and ennobles the mind.