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Dr. Clarence B. Carson's books are available as ePub ebooks and as Adobe PDF ebooks for all ebook readers. Some readers may require an app to use the PDF format. The books will soon be available again, we are searching for a new seller of ebooks.

A new version of Basic Economics, 3rd ed. by Dr. Paul Cleveland and Clarence B. Carson is available at

Please order paper versions of Dr. Carson's books also from

The American Textbook Committee is a non-profit organization, the operating arm of Center for Individual and Family Enterprise, founded in 1982. Contributions are tax exempt, and the tax number is 63-0800274. It is controlled by a Board of Directors which meets at least once a year to establish policy and make appropriations. The income of the organization comes mainly from regular book sales.

The main purpose of the American Textbook Committee has been to provide textbooks faithful to the American tradition, constitutional government, free enterprise, and to Judeo-Christian morality for the general reader, schools, home-schoolers, introductory courses in college and the like.

Founded by Clarence B. Carson, Ph.D.

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Books available and in print 

A BASIC HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES by Clarence B. Carson: 6 paperback volumes containing over 1500 pages covering the history of our country from the European background to 2001. The individual volumes and their prices are as follows:

1. The Colonial Experience, 1607-1774, ISBN 1-931789-09-6

2. The Beginning of the Republic, 1775-1825, ISBN 1-931789-10-X

3. The Sections and the Civil War, 1826-1877, ISBN 1-931789-11-8

4. The Growth of America, 1878-1928, ISBN 1-931789-12-6

5. The Welfare State, 1929-1985, 2nd Edition, ISBN 1-931789-24-X

6. America: From Gridlock to Deadlock, 1985-2001, ISBN 1-931789-15-0

The 6 volume set is available, ISBN 1-931789-22-3. The 5 volume set, ISBN 1-931789-21-5, was completed in 1986, and has been updated by the 2nd edition of volume 5 in 2001.

The BASIC HISTORY has been widely acclaimed by reviewers, readers, teachers, home schoolers, and has been reprinted at least once every year since its publication.

There is a Teacher’s Guide for BASIC HISTORY, 2nd Edition, ISBN 1-931789-26-6, published 2001, and it includes the updated volume 6. It is available in paperback.

Basic Economics (new SECOND EDITION) is intended as an introduction to economics for beginners, but it is full of insight for those who have already studied economics. It is written in plain English, minus all the charts and graphs which make academic economics so difficult to learn. As Conservative Book Club declared: "Enter Clarence Carson, unburdened by economic mumbo-jumbo and the jargon of high priced experts. Not only does he give you the free market basics in words your teen-ager can understand, but he weaves the basics into a tapestry of American and world history." Basic Economics is an Anglo-American economics grounded in private property, Scripture and natural law, individual liberty, constitutional government and free enterprise.

It is a big book of over 400 pages in a quality paperback, now combined with a study guide provided by Dr. Paul Cleveland. ISBN 1-931789-17-7

Basic American Government by Clarence B. Carson is a constitutionally oriented book which includes a valuable and lengthy one chapter description of the nature our government, followed by a history of its founding principles, tracing them from the ancient Hebrews, the Greeks, the Romans, the Medieval and reformation background, and the British sources. From there it goes to description of the making of our national and state constitutions, the 19th century development, and 20th century departures. The tone of the book is set in these opening observations:

It would be a considerable fraud to do a book on American government which talked as if the Constitution were still being substantially observed, that pretended that when Presidents took the oath of office they intended to observe the bounds set by Constitution, that Congressmen recited their pledges with the same intent, and that federal judges were still construing the Constitution as it was written. In sum, any book on American government ought to make clear how remote from the Constitution the government has become.

From the Sonlight Curriculum Ltd. catalog:

We looked at dozens of texts before settling with delight on this volume. It provides exactly the kind of basic outline we need for a high school civics class. Mr. Carson offers an astonishingly broad perspective on the entire range of cultural and historical sources that lay behind America’s constitutional government as it was being born. He also provides a thorough view of the historical events that have permitted our national government to become the Leviathan it is today. For a work that covers so much difficult and complex material, this book is astonishingly thorough, well-organized, and easy to read.

Basic American Government is a cloth-bound book of 600 pages, ISBN 1-931789-19-3. It is a worthy companion to A BASIC HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES.

THE WAR ON THE POOR by Clarence B. Carson is an updated trade book on the impact of welfare programs on the poor. "Plainly and forcefully, for the lay reader, Professor Carson demonstrates the effect on the poor—on farmers, on small businessmen, on urban dwellers, and wage earners—the very programs intended to aid them. Now available in paperback. ISBN 1-931789-04-5

SWIMMING AGAINST THE TIDE is our most recent offering. It was written by Clarence B. Carson, and published in 1998. It consists of his memoirs, the story of American Textbook Committee and the publication of our major works. In addition there is a humorous and satirical selection of his writings, most of them unpublished before either in book form or at all. There is also a section entitled "The Best of Carson," made up of a variety of articles and reviews from his hand. It closes with an annotated list of his writings. The whole, in a large cloth bound book, is available. ISBN 1-931789-20-7





















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