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You Have the Right to Remain Silent

Just in time for the U.S. Independence Day holiday, Virginia’s Colonial Williamsburg Foundation released a survey that finds 20 percent of American teens don’t know what country the U.S. declared its independence from. Thirteen percent, however, answered “England and the U.S.” to the question, “Who fought in the Civil War?” Such lack of grade-school knowledge shows that “more than 5 million U.S. teenagers don’t understand the true meaning of Independence Day,” lamented Colin Campbell, president of the foundation. (RC/AP) ...If you want to really be depressed, Colin, do a survey of U.S. adults about the true meaning of Independence Day.
Original Publication Date: 08 July 2001
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 8.

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