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7/2: Don’t Know Much About History?


7/2: Don’t Know Much About History?

There’s good news for American education.  About three-quarters of residents — 74% — know the U.S. declared its independence from Great Britain in 1776.  The bad news for the academic system — 26% do not.  This 26% includes one-fifth who are unsure and 6% who thought the U.S. separated from another nation.  That begs the question, “From where do the latter think the U.S. achieved its independence?”  Among the countries mentioned are France, China, Japan, Mexico, and Spain.



Table: Country from Which U.S. Declared Independence

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  5. Google Penguin

    February 15, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    Nice information indeed. It’s better to know a zip of history to face the future

  6. San Antonio Attorneys

    November 26, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    This is a sad reality. Knowing about that country’s past and how it has reacted before could mean the difference between a victory and all out war. History of our country is an ingrained part of each of us.

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  8. Krystal Huyck

    September 20, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    I knew we had some dim bulb here in the US but I had no idea to what degree….good to know. I’ll lock my doors more often now.

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  12. Peter Spelts

    October 7, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    “the Books will be used since all can use Ibooks”

  13. Wurlitzer

    July 4, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Plenty of Saul Alinsky diversionary responses here but the reality of so many being so ignorant of their own country’s history is public education with decades of commie union teachers.

    They have done their best to implement the communist manifesto by destroying as much knowledge of the founding of this country as possible.

    Once they destroyed the knowledge base they proceeded to destroy the founders and then created millions of ignorant students who were then exposed to the numerous communist professors in our colleges and universities.

  14. F Macleide

    August 20, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    With all the profoundly astute observations about the English language and some of the finer points of history, some people have lost sight of the fact the the question was framed within the context of July 4th.

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  16. PST

    July 6, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Matt and Ed, without looking back at the prior discussion, what is the answer? I admit that I wasn’t sure. I knew that it was an island kindom in the North Atlantic off the coast of continental Europe with its capital in London and George III as its king. But that kingdom changed its name and its extent more than once in roughly the 18th century. What was it called in 1776? That’s the tricky part of the question. I don’t think most Americans know this with certainty, and I don’t think that it is particularly ignorant of them not to know.

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  18. Matt Dorana

    July 6, 2011 at 2:57 AM

    Well concidering I’m not American nor am I British.
    I wouldn’t say I studied much in my days, but yet, I knew this, everyone at my office knew this, and heck, I bet even my granny knew this.

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