The Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship has created a variety of print and video materials to support the theoretical and practical work of democracy. Contact the center at to order books, pamphlets and DVDs. Prices are indicated below; shipping and handling are additional.

Democracy’s Education: Public Work, Citizenship, and the Future of Colleges and Universities

Edited by Harry C. Boyte

New possibilities for democratic revitalization with educators as agents and architects, not victims, of change. Today Americans feel powerless in the face of problems on every front. Such feelings are acute in higher education, where educators are experiencing an avalanche of changes: cost cutting, new technologies, and demands that higher education be narrowly geared to the needs of today’s workplace. College graduates face mounting debt and uncertain job prospects, and worry about a coarsening of the mass culture and
the erosion of authentic human relationships. Higher education is increasingly seen, and often portrays itself, as a ticket to individual success—a private good, not a public one.

Democracy’s Education grows from the American Commonwealth Partnership, a year-long project to revitalize the democratic narrative of higher education that began with an invitation to Harry Boyte from the White House to put together a coalition aimed at strengthening higher education as a public good. The project was launched at the beginning of 2012 to mark the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act, which created land grant colleges.

Contributors: Harry C. Boyte, David Mathews, Scott J. Peters, Albert W. Dzur, Martha Kanter, Nancy Cantor, Peter Englot, Robert Bruininks, Andy Furco, Robert Jones, Jayne K. Sommers, Erin A. Konkle, Judith A. Ramaley, Adam Weinberg, Maria Avila, Romand Coles, Blase Scarnati, KerryAnn O’Meara, Timothy K. Eatman, Jamie Haft, Cecilia Orphan, David Hoffman, Julie Ellison, Jenny L. Whitcher, Robert L. Woodson Sr., Sam Daley-Harris, Benjamin R. Barber, Peter Levine, John P. Spencer, Shigeo Kodama, Xolela Mangcu, Lisa Clarke, Paul N. Markham

Building Worlds, Transforming Lives, Making History: A Coach’s Guide for Public Achievement, 2nd ed.

by Bridget Erlanson and Robert Hildrethbuilding_worlds

172 pages (Minneapolis: Center for Democracy and Citizenship, 1998)


The Coach’s Guide for Public Achievement is now available as a password protected digital file. 

Download the file here. Contact us to purchase the password.

$5.00 per user

Creating the Commonwealth


This publication explores the potential impact of political concepts in three settings, each concerned with education for democracy and the impact the experiences of public work might have on individual and institutional cultures.

by Harry C. Boyte, Nancy N. Kari, Jim Lewis, Nan Skelton, Jennifer O’Donoghue

78 pages (Kettering Foundation, 1999)


training_manualTraining Manual: Developing and Preparing Coaches

by Margaret Post

54 pages (Minneapolis: Center for Democracy and Citizenship, 2003)

This manual is intended to equip coach coordinators and trainers with a variety of tools, techniques and exercises for coach orientation, coach development, and work with sites.


CitizenSolutionThe Citizen Solution: How You Can Make a Difference

by Harry Boyte

224 pages (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2008)

Visit your favorite online book retailer to purchase a copy.

Voices of Hope: The Story of the Jane Addams School for Democracy


edited by Nan Kari and Nan Skelton

144 pages (Charles K. Kettering Foundation, 2007)


everydaypoliticsEveryday Politics: Reconnecting Citizens and Public Life

by Harry C. Boyte

239 pages (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004)

Visit your favorite bookstore or online book retailer to purchase a copy.

commonwealthCommonwealth: A Return to Citizen Politics

by Harry C. Boyte

Harry Boyte offers a reinterpretation of politics and power in which citizens, not experts and pundits, take center stage.(hardcover)

218 pages. (New York: The Free Press, 1989)


free_spacesFree Spaces: The Sources of Democratic Change

by Sara M. Evans and Harry C. Boyte.

A pathbreaking study of the nature of democratic movements.

227 pages. (New York: Harper & Row, 1986)


building_americaBuilding America: The Democratic Promise of Public Work

by Harry C. Boyte and Nancy N. Kari

Boyte and Kari use examples from low-income communities, colleges, high-tech newspapers, government agencies and schools, to put forth an original theory of work as a source of democratic renewal.

255 pages. (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1996)


freedom_peopleWe Are the Freedom People: Sharing Our Stories, Creating a Vibrant America

edited by D’Ann Urbaniak Lesch and Jennifer O’Donoghue

261 pages. (Minneapolis: Center for Democracy and Citizenship, 1999)



Youth Civic Engagement: Reflections on an Emerging Public Idea

by Nan Skelton, Harry C. Boyte and Lynn Sordelet Leonard

16 pages. (Center for Democracy and Citizenship, 2002)



We the Young People

The story of four Public Achievement groups making a difference.

(18 minutes)(Kauffman Foundation, 2000)

$10.00 DVD only


Citizenship: Would You Pass?

This video was created by a Public Achievement group at Humboldt High School in St. Paul, Minnesota. It takes a critical look at the test for U.S. Citizenship and its effectiveness in determining who will be a good citizen.

(12 minutes)(Phillips Community Television and Center for Democracy and Citizenship, 2000)

$10.00 DVD only