Oldspeak:” Ignorance is Strength.”
From New York Magazine/CBS News:
Even though our national holidays are mostly used as excuses to eat copiously, do something fun outside, and leave work early, is it too much to ask for Americans to at least be aware of even the most basic historical facts about the day they’re celebrating, and, by extension, the country they live in? As July 4 approaches this Sunday, a Marist poll shows that 26 percent of Americans, including 40 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds, don’t know what country the United States won independence from. Incorrect answers included France, China, Japan, Mexico, and Spain. China and Japan, really? Sigh.
The discouraging numbers were broken down further and the South was the least historically knowledgable region in the country.
Nearly 1/3 of all Southerners didn’t know the UnitedStates won independence from the British. The Midwest was second worst with over ¼ of residents in that part of the country not knowing who America beat to secure its independence.
When pollsters broke the number down by economic status; just under 40 percent of people who make less than $50,000 didn’t know who America beat Britain for its independence.
Broken down by age group, 40 percent of respondents between 18 and 29 had no idea America won independence from England.
Finally, 19 percent of men who took part in the study couldn’t name the country America won its independence from; while 1/3 of women surveyed couldn’t name England as the former empire that controlled the American colonies.