The National Center for Constitutional Studies is a nonprofit educational foundation created to teach the U.S. Constitution in the tradition of the Founding Fathers.
Founded in 1971 by Dr. W. Cleon Skousen, NCCS has taught thousands of individuals and families throughout America the original principles, ancient principles and ideas drafted by our Founding Fathers over two centuries ago.
The purpose is to help build the dynamic culture of liberty and union which the Founders sought to secure for themselves and their posterity. We gratefully acknowledge, as did the Founding Fathers, that America and its Constitution were established by the hand of God; and thus we advocate morality and religious principles as the essential foundation of human happiness and freedom.
Thomas Jefferson called upon the American people to “preserve inviolate (the) Constitution, which (if) cherished in all its chastity and purity, will prove in the end a blessing to all the nations of the earth.” We believe that as we learn and implement the sound principles taught by our Founding Fathers, America’s divine stewardship as a beacon of liberty to all mankind will yet be fulfilled.
Dr. W. Cleon Skousen (1913-2006), founder of the National Center for Constitutional Studies, served as its president and as chairman of the board of directors. Educated in the United States, Canada, and Mexico he received his juris doctorate from George Washington University and was admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia. His background includes 16 years with the FBI, four years as chief of police in Salt Lake City and 17 years as editorial director of the nation’s leading police magazine, while at the same time he served for 13 years as a university professor. He has also authored 23 books, including six college texts and the national best seller, “The Naked Communist.”
Skousen was impassioned from law school on with our Constitution. He continually researched primary source material; letters, notes and documentations of various conversations and meetings of our Founding Fathers. He began in the early 1970s teaching about our Constitution all around the country.
As Stephen Pratt, an early student of Dr. Skousen and later a teaching companion, said, “I realize that like most other Americans I was completely, totally, functionally illiterate when it came to a working knowledge of the principles and practices of freedom. I had no knowledge that I had no knowledge. ... We must confront our history and determine from whence we came.”
I am in agreement with Pratt in that statement. We must confront our history and determine from where we came and reset the direction of our future for ourselves and our posterity.