Topic: Americans Ignorant of American History
A recent study found that only 1 in 3 Americans can pass the very basic U.S. Citizenship test. That means they “don’t much about history.” Jarrett Stepman, editor and writer for dailysignal.com of the Heritage Foundation wrote a piece about this, entitled, “Americans Have Almost Entirely Forgotten Their History.” He notes that of those age 45 and under who took the test, only 19% passed. That’s not good. He cites a few examples: 72% could not identify the original 13 colonies. “Only 24% could correctly identify one thing Benjamin Franklin was famous for.” 12% thought that Dwight Eisenhower was a military leader in the Civil War! Jarrett Stepman joins Jerry Newcombe to discuss the results of this study and why history matters.