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The History List

"Life, liberty, and the pursuit of history" Tote bag - in 15 colors

Regular price $ 11.95 USD
Regular price Sale price $ 11.95 USD
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The perfect tote bag for history lovers, with our rallying cry, "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of history," printed very large on one side.  Exclusively ours. When you carry this bag, you affirm your love of history and remind others of its importance.

Sturdy, 600-denier polyester bag, with matching 22" polypropylene handles.  Water resistant interior.  Made from 50% recycled material.

This design is also on a static cling and a die-cut sticker.

This motto is also available in various designs on a crewneck shirt in light blue heather, light red heather, and white. As well as on a sticker and magnet.

Dimensions: 13" (W) x 14" (H) with a 22" handle length


Announcement: Pausing shipping for Independence Day week

We are pausing shipping for the week of Independence Day. Place orders by July 1 at noon Eastern an in-stock items that don't require personalization will ship July 1 or July 2. We will resume shipping July 11.


We try to ship orders within three business days of receiving them. This applies to in-stock items. Framed items or items requiring personalization may take up to two weeks longer.

We close for a week over Independence Day and Christmas. A notice will appear at the top of every page of the site in advance of this closure.

We ship most orders via USPS, so if the post office is closed, we won't be shipping orders that day.

If you need to receive your order by a certain date, such as to give as a gift or have for a trip, we recommend ordering at least two weeks in advance, especially if you are use USPS shipping. 

If you're looking for reliable, on-time deliveries, we strongly suggest upgrading to "UPS 3 Business Day Select Shipping."

Additional notes:

  • When fulfillment takes longer, such as around the Christmas holidays, we'll put up an announcement in the site and will list recommended shipping deadlines below.
  • If an item is out of stock, we will contact you.
  • If one of your items is an advance order, that will be noted on the product page along with an estimate of when it will ship. If that estimated date changes, the product page will be updated.

    Charges for shipping to destinations in the United States and to APO, DPO, and FPO addresses

    • Free shipping
      • On stickers, magnets, decals, patches, static clings, and individual button pins.

    • US Postal Service shipping - The least expensive, though also less reliable than UPS. We strong recommend selecting UPS (details below), especially during November and December.

      • $4.95 for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, button packs.

        Regardless of the number of items you order, the shipping price is still fixed at $4.95. Our flat rate shipping means you can add another t-shirt, cap, or book for no additional shipping charge.

      • $7.95 for hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets.

    We strongly recommend using UPS, especially in November and December.
      • UPS 3 Business Day Select
      Cut off time: Order must be received by 3 pm Eastern and it will ship the next business day.
        UPS's normal (non-holiday) delivery guarantee is by the end of the third business day.  See the UPS site for details.
          • $12.95 for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, button packs.

          • $15.95 for hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets.

          • If the actual shipping cost is much, much higher than what we’re charging, we reserve the right to contact customers to discuss options.

        • UPS Overnight (Next Business Day Delivery)
        Before placing your order, call 469-233-7712.

        Charges for shipping to destinations outside the United States

        Limited to US Postal Service International Service only.

        • Canada and Mexico

          • $18.00 for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, button packs.
          • $24.00 for hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets.

        • Rest of the World

          • Rates starts at $65.00.

        Additional charges for all destinations

        Some large, heavy items may have an additional shipping charge.  If that's the case, it will be noted on the product page.

          All designs are copyrighted by The History List

          All designs are copyrighted by The History List and the History Nerd text and design on t-shirts is a registered trademark. If you see a knock off, please let me know.


          Your purchases support our mission to engage people with local history and to support historic sites and history organizations across the country.

          Customer Reviews

          Based on 13 reviews
          Love it

          Love the sizre and color! It's perfect for carrying my laptop and charger, plus attention-getting too!

          Sharon B.
          Life, Liberty Tote

          Very sturdy fabric. Just the right size for books or history papers to grade.

          Jessica G.
          Great Tote

          I just received my new tote. As a teacher, it's perfect for carrying home my laptop and papers to correct! It's excellent quality! Great service and great purchase!

          Deidre F.
          Love the Bag

          I got the lilac and white tote and I love it. Perfect size for what I use it for. Full recommend it.

          Mary S.U.
          Great bag!

          I purchased this bag as a gift for a history major in my family. Hope she doesn’t see this! The bag looks great, feels sturdy and I am sure she will love it. Great service!

          Sarah J.P.
          The Tote

          This is my "go to" tote. It is the perfect size for transporting items to and from school. It is super history nerdish for history teachers like me!

          Ellen S.
          Tote Bag

          Recently received my "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of History" tote bag. Love the bright colors and sturdy quality. Bought it as a gift for a friend and fellow history buff. Makes a great gift!

          Michelle M.
          Gifts Galore

          I ordered 6 of the totes. One for me and one for each of the girls in my APUSH reader squad; I am taking them to the read in Louisville to give to them. They beautiful, high quality, and the perfect size for toting about my grading and other work stuff. Definitely a winner!!

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