Confederacy of Dunces

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Believe it or not, a new opinion poll found that a significant number of Americans do not know the answer to this question:  “From which country did the United States win its independence?” reported that 26 percent of respondents did not know that the U.S. won its independence from Great Britain, according to a Marist Poll. Six percent believed that the country could have been France, China, Japan, Mexico or Spain.

Thirty-two percent of Southerners weren’t sure or picked the wrong country compared to 16% of respondents in the Northeast.

Meanwhile, another poll conducted by the U.S. Mint discovered that “only 7 percent of those surveyed could name the first four presidents in order:  George Washington; John Adams; Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison.”

Deborah Lambert writes the Squeaky Chalk column for Accuracy in Academia.