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Old 01-15-2020, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Roaring '20s
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Only thing my school taught was pilgrim to 1812, every year, over and over. I did not learn anything about civil war till the history channel started.
A B.A.-History Channel is perhaps marginally more impressive than a degree from the University of YouTube. But only marginally.
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Old 01-15-2020, 08:35 AM
 
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Only thing my school taught was pilgrim to 1812, every year, over and over. I did not learn anything about civil war till the history channel started.
With me, it was through the Civil War, and then, like you, the next year it was back to the 1600's!! (No wonder U.S. public education has such a bad rep if things haven't changed.)
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Old 01-17-2020, 08:10 PM
 
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Seems to me that people aren't knowledgeable about history in general.
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Old 01-18-2020, 11:44 PM
 
Location: Kapolei,Hawai'i
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Seems to me that people aren't knowledgeable about history in general.

Yup.


Like i think on one fox news tv segment a person asks people on the street about stuff like the 4th of July and seems many give the wrong answers. Makes me wonder what they are teaching in schools.
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Old 01-20-2020, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Kansas City MO
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All that most Americans really know about history is-

Vietnam War
Civil Rights Era
WWII
Great Depression
Civil War
Revolutionary War
Christopher Columbus
Um Henry VIII? Shakespeare?
Roman Empire
Bible Era Stuff
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Old 01-22-2020, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Northern Appalachia
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Because Seems some don't know about much of the history or such from that time. I once put a song on the radio that was in old english and for some reason a person thought they were singing in romanian or such. I wonder why some people seem ignorant to something that happened 1000 years ago.

You already answered your question. It is because it "happened 1000 years ago." Most people have little knowledge of what happened 10 years ago, or 50 years, or a 100 years ago. Schools waste too much time on ancient history and the Middle Ages, and neglect more recent American history. Schools want to teach history like they did 50 years ago, but forget there is now 50 more years of history to cover.


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All that most Americans really know about history is-

Vietnam War
Civil Rights Era
WWII
Great Depression
Civil War
Revolutionary War
Christopher Columbus
Um Henry VIII? Shakespeare?
Roman Empire
Bible Era Stuff

I guess it has been awhile since you've been in an American history class. Students today have minimal understanding of all of those items.
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Old 01-22-2020, 03:49 PM
 
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All that most Americans really know about history is-

Vietnam War
Civil Rights Era
WWII
Great Depression
Civil War
Revolutionary War
Christopher Columbus
Um Henry VIII? Shakespeare?
Roman Empire
Bible Era Stuff

You are being overly generous. Most Americans couldn't put that list together in chronological order, let alone speak intelligently about them.
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Old 01-22-2020, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Northern Appalachia
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You are being overly generous. Most Americans couldn't put that list together in chronological order, let alone speak intelligently about them.
I've asked high school history classes if they can put 3 US wars in chronological order. It doesn't matter which ones I pick (other than WWI and II). Most can't get it right. For example, put WWI, the Civil War, and the Vietnam war in chronological order.

I guess we shouldn't be surprised by Trump's history knowledge. He is probably average.
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Old 01-23-2020, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Kapolei,Hawai'i
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I've asked high school history classes if they can put 3 US wars in chronological order. It doesn't matter which ones I pick (other than WWI and II). Most can't get it right. For example, put WWI, the Civil War, and the Vietnam war in chronological order.

I guess we shouldn't be surprised by Trump's history knowledge. He is probably average.



I heard a reenactor who was doing civil war reenactment got asked what world war his uniform was from.
I'm like what?
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Old 01-24-2020, 01:17 PM
 
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I heard a reenactor who was doing civil war reenactment got asked what world war his uniform was from.
I'm like what?
A park ranger at Gettysburg told me a story about a ranger who showed his group a cannonball that was lodged in the building known as the Wills house. Lincoln had spent the night there before delivering his wise words the following day. A visitor, looking at the cannonball asked the question "is that the shot that killed Lincoln"?
Should we laugh or cry?
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