Montage of Paul Hemphill in TV appearances

The Company and its Founder

Paul Lloyd Hemphill is an Author, Speaker, and a Veteran.

In 2020 I started a non-profit company as a direct response to the negative classroom influences on the self-esteem of our nation’s children. The solution, I believed, required a creative and appealing approach to teaching American history. It’s a direct result of finding self-esteem meaning that overcomes self-doubt and encourages self-reflection.

I started American Education Defenders, Inc. The company takes its inspiration from a best-selling book I wrote in 2018, which remains in the Amazon Top 20 in its category.

The book, INSPIRATION FOR TEENS, is filled with true stories from American history and life lessons. They can be found on video and audio as a personal growth program, or as some viewers have remarked, a character development program.

The video program is titled AMERICA’S 52 STORIES. It has proven to elevate the self-esteem of our nation’s youth in order that they become better people and solid citizens.

What surprised me was the bonding moment that the videos presented to both parents and children.

To do it, I use stories from a single American historical event, the Battle of Gettysburg, to demonstrate its valuable life lessons. American history teachers and their students can use them to discover what they are capable of.

And equally important, students discover how each lesson relates to their daily lives immediately after exposure to the videos.

The American history textbook is now, well, history.

With video, American history is now relevant, appealing, and most importantly, it’s personal.

I’ve written 3 self-help books for teens and 4 books on college planning. I’ve produced over 50 videos on life lessons from American history, over 200 videos on college admission and financing, and I’ve narrated 3 of my own audiobooks.

And I had time to appear in over 30 TV interviews from Boston to Washington, DC.

Over 4,000 Facebook followers love to watch how I get a life lesson from what is a historical event. I never had to advertise to get followers.

My wife and I are 2X cancer survivors. You can imagine that our perspective on life is one of gratitude.

For 19 years I was a college admission strategist, with a 96% success rate in getting high school students into their first-choice colleges. It was all about marketing, not about grades and test scores.

I have a degree in philosophy, received the Bronze Star Medal and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry while in the US Army, and I’m married with two sons who were once firmly committed and overly-dedicated teenagers!

The effect of my speaking gigs is to show why students and teachers already possess American values, of which they are mostly unaware. They can propel them to recognize their many talents under very stressful conditions. It motivates students to say “WOW!” to a newly energized self-image that says…


“Hemphill’s writing style is lucid and succinct,
with rapid-fire, short bursts of information,
examples, and applications. The book can be
read in daily journal format, with one or two
stories at a time to challenge the reader to
excel and emulate the example.”
Scott Mingus
Civil War Author