Fourth of July Trivia

At the outbreak of fighting in April 1775, few colonists wanted complete independence from Great Britain. Those who did were thought to be radical. By the middle of the following year sentiments had shifted with many more colonists now being in favor of independence.

In August 1775 a royal proclamation declared that the King’s American subjects were “engaged in open and avowed rebellion.” Later that year, Parliament passed the American Prohibitory Act, which made all American vessels and cargoes forfeit to the Crown. And in May 1776 the Congress learned that the King had negotiated treaties with German states to to hire mercenaries to fight in America. The weight of these actions combined to convince many Americans that the mother country was treating the colonies as a foreign entity.

Thomas Paine’s bestselling pamphlet “Common Sense,” published in early 1776 fueled the growing hostility against Britain and helped spread the revolutionary sentiments.

June 7, 1776, the Continental Congress met at the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, the Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for the colonies’ independence. Amid heated debate, Congress postponed the … Read more>

Ginger Vance

Ginger Vance

Catholic Textbook Project,welcomes Ginger Vance of St. Michael, MN, to its expanding sales team, effective immediately. Vance’s territory covers Catholic schools and dioceses within the state of Minnesota. She may be reached at or by phone at 888.610.5433, ext 6.

In addition to joining the sales team of Catholic Textbook Project, Ginger will continue to serve as principal of Notre Dame Academy, a pre-K through 8th grade Catholic school in the (more…)

Read Winning Essays Here

We are so proud of all who participated in Catholic Textbook Project’s Fall 2016 History Essay Contest!  This year’s winning essays are now posted. 

Please click on the names below to read an essay.

Winners of the Fall 2016 Catholic Textbook Project History Essay Contest:


Catholic Textbook Project today announced the Catholic student and school winners of its Fall 2016 History Essay Contest.

“We were pleased to receive more than double last year’s entries,” says Michael Van Hecke, M.Ed., president of Catholic Textbook Project.I am delighted to hear from teachers that this contest continues to be an enriching experience for their students, helping to bring history alive for them. This year, our judges found the high school entries particularly notable …  Read full list of winners, prizes…

Teresa "Terry" Chapman

Teresa “Terry” Chapman

Catholic Textbook Project is excited to welcome Teresa Chapman of Columbus, Ohio, to its expanding sales team, effective immediately. Terry’s territory is all Catholic schools and dioceses within the states of Indiana, New York, Michigan (with the exception of the Diocese of Marquette), Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

“Terry is a seasoned sales rep with a substantial sales background in both elementary and high schools in the (more…)