It is a civic duty to inform your friends about this blog. Why? Because the odds are they don’t know much about the Revolutionary War era.
The American Revolution Center commissioned the first national survey to assess adult knowledge of the American Revolution. The results show that an alarming 83 percent of Americans failed a basic test on knowledge of the American Revolution and the principles that have united all Americans. Results also revealed that 90 percent of Americans think that knowledge of the American Revolution and its principles is very important, and that 89 percent of Americans expected to pass a test on basic knowledge of the American Revolution, but scored an average of 44 percent. The survey questions addressed issues related to the Revolutionary documents, people, and events, and also asked attitudinal questions about the respondents’ perception of the importance of understanding the Revolutionary history and the institutions that were established to preserve our freedoms and liberties. The survey results highlight the importance of, interest in, and lack of understanding of our Founding.
You can find a report on the survey here. The list of questions are contained in the body of the report. While a few of the questions were a bit tricky, and required knowledge that probably extended past what you should learn in grammar school, it wasn’t exactly brain surgery. Only 11 percent knew that John Jay was the first Supreme Court Chief Justice, and somehow 1/3 of respondents couldn’t identify which decade the revolutionary war started. Yeesh.