Things every american should know about american history

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What Every American Should Know about American History: 200 Events That Shaped the Nation by Alan Axelrod

- The acquittal of John Peter Zenger in 1735, a landmark for freedom of the press- The invention of the reaper and the steel plow in 1834, making the settlement of the western prairies possible- The publication of Uncle Toms Cabin in 1852, sparking popular support for abolition- The impeachment of President Clinton in 1998--only the second impeachment of a president in American history
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The What Every American Should Know Library Series aims to bring this national conversation to a local level to spark creative conversations about local and national identity, expand and diversify the concept of what it means to be a member of the community and to be an American, and to collect these ideas in an aggregated list of What Every American Should Know.
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Every American should know these 23 facts about the USA. Do you? [QUIZ]

But just how well does the average person remember the important facts—the laws, treaties, people, and events that should be familiar to everyone? What follows is not a test; nor are these items necessarily the most important things to know about American history. But these are all things an American-educated person might reasonably be expected to be familiar with. Most of them can be found in my college textbook The American Nation or in any similar work. A good secondary school teacher might mention any of them in the course of a lecture or class discussion. If you have never heard of most of these items, either you have a particularly poor memory or teachers like me have not accomplished what we set out to do. But for the majority of readers, here are things you should know about American history.

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Index Newest Popular Best. Join FunTrivia for Free : Hourly trivia games, quizzes, community, and more! History Trivia. Here are some questions about American history. These are facts that every American should know.


In , E. Hirsch sparked a national debate with his book Cultural Literacy, claiming that there is a foundation of common knowledge every American should know — and codifying it in a list of 5, facts and cultural references. Today, amidst giant demographic and social shifts, the United States needs such common knowledge more than ever. But a 21st century sense of cultural literacy has to be radically more diverse and inclusive. And it needs to come not from one person but from all of us. So, we ask: What do you think Americans should know to be civically and culturally literate? Give us your top ten!


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