Scary! Independence Day 17??

By: mobal , 10:36 PM GMT on July 04, 2011

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Independence Day:
Seventeen Seventy When?


This Marist Poll Reports:
Just in time for the July 4th weekend, the Marist Poll has asked Americans in which year the United States declared its independence. And, the result is many Americans need to brush up on their American history.

Only 58% of residents know that the United States declared its independence in 1776. 26% are unsure, and 16% mentioned another date.

There are age differences on this question. Younger Americans are the least likely to know the correct answer. Only 31% of adults younger than 30 say that 1776 is the year in which the United States broke away from Great Britain. 59% of residents between 30 and 44 report the same. Americans 45 to 59 -- 75% -- are the age group most likely to have the correct answer. Among those 60 and older, 60% report that 1776 is the year in which the United States declared its independence.

When it comes to gender, men -- 65% -- are more likely to respond with 1776 than are women -- 52%.
And, for the second year, about one in four Americans doesn’t know from which country the United States declared its independence. While 76% correctly cite Great Britain, 19% are unsure, and 5% mention another country.

A comparable proportion of Americans were similarly informed at this time last year. At that time, 74% thought the United States declared its independence from Great Britain, 20% were unsure, and 6% mentioned another country.

80% of those 60 and older, 77% of those 45 to 59, and 77% of those between 30 and 44 report the nation’s founding fathers revolted against Great Britain. This compares with 67% of those under the age of 30 who say the same.

Men -- 83% -- are more likely than women -- 68% -- to know that the United States declared its independence from Great Britain.

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19. mobal
12:18 AM GMT on July 06, 2011
Quoting tkeith:
That's my view...Andrew Jackson fought the last battle of the Revolutionary War.


I am not sure that I agree with this, though it is food for thought. The main reason I do not agree is that we had traded with the British between 1785 and 1812 or so. If the British still considered us at war they would not have traded.

On a different note, and very morbid one. The British officers remains that were recovered from NO were "pickled in barrels" and sent home for proper burial....This was most likely done at Fort Boyer on Mobile Bay (Present site of Fort Morgan).
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18. tkeith
7:48 PM GMT on July 05, 2011
Quoting ShenValleyFlyFish:
Read history from a certain perspective and it didn't end till 1815.
That's my view...Andrew Jackson fought the last battle of the Revolutionary War.
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17. ShenValleyFlyFish
7:45 PM GMT on July 05, 2011
Quoting airman45:
Another missed fact, or mixed up fact......Some think the Constitution was written in 1776, not 1787......and the Revolutionary war did not end in 1776 with the declaration. It had really just begun, not ending until 1783. The conflict also spilled over into Europe.
Read history from a certain perspective and it didn't end till 1815.
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16. airman45
6:20 PM GMT on July 05, 2011
Another missed fact, or mixed up fact......Some think the Constitution was written in 1776, not 1787......and the Revolutionary war did not end in 1776 with the declaration. It had really just begun, not ending until 1783. The conflict also spilled over into Europe.
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15. seflagamma
2:28 AM GMT on July 05, 2011
Mobal,
your header info....is sad..
now I will be questioning my kids to see what they think..and they are mostly in mid 30's...

I hope they know the right answer because when they were growing up and these types of surveys were done ...

like, can any HS kid in America just name 5 countries in South America... I made my kids learn the counties of South America so they could answer that Survey Question...I drilled them on that every morning on the way to school.... and they can now name probably 8-10 countries in South America!

so now I guess I must ask them questions I figure, being my children , they should know...


thanks for the topic...sad as it is..


Happy Independence Day!
(From Great Britian! our good friends today.)
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14. auburn (Mod)
2:17 AM GMT on July 05, 2011
Really?
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13. ricderr
12:46 AM GMT on July 05, 2011
yes...gage...but for some reason i've got natural treasure and nicholas cage on the brain...no..they don't go together...but i bet there's some 6 stages of separation thing going on
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12. tkeith
12:39 AM GMT on July 05, 2011
if we're talkin statistics....

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11. mobal
12:32 AM GMT on July 05, 2011
Quoting ricderr:
ok...howe won the battle of bunker hill in '75...but was still under cage...that was pretty much the last straw for cage...i think he went back to england in '76...but not sure


Its not Cage...Its Gage....Regardless, I am going to Re-Study this time period. I think I will be at the library next week......
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10. ricderr
12:27 AM GMT on July 05, 2011
ok...howe won the battle of bunker hill in '75...but was still under cage...that was pretty much the last straw for cage...i think he went back to england in '76...but not sure
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9. mobal
11:36 PM GMT on July 04, 2011
oh heck, I got to thinking....this can be dangerous! Gage left in early 76 or so (maybe late 75). It was Howe as the middle General.....
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8. mobal
11:23 PM GMT on July 04, 2011
Quoting ricderr:
you're talking cage of the brittish army?....i think at first the brittish thought they were putting down little rebelious fractions staving off a war...but i do see your point


General Gage of The British army. I think he was in command until late 78. He precided General Clinton and someone else that I cant remember......
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7. ricderr
11:14 PM GMT on July 04, 2011
mobal....i see you as a conservative republican...not right wing....i think there's a big difference...but was it funny....of course..it just wasn't nice...lol
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6. ricderr
11:06 PM GMT on July 04, 2011
you're talking cage of the brittish army?....i think at first the brittish thought they were putting down little rebelious fractions staving off a war...but i do see your point
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5. mobal
10:59 PM GMT on July 04, 2011
Quoting ricderr:
aren't the nazi's right wing republicans? (rim shot).....performing twice nightly...two drink minimum


really not funny........I may be conservative, but come on Ric....
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4. mobal
10:57 PM GMT on July 04, 2011
Quoting ricderr:
and vastly fewer realize that we had been at war with england for a year already


That is true, but really if you think about it was probably 1773 when General Gage took over Mass., (never could spell that) our at least a good argument could be made that under the law it was war....
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3. ricderr
10:48 PM GMT on July 04, 2011
aren't the nazi's right wing republicans? (rim shot).....performing twice nightly...two drink minimum
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2. mobal
10:44 PM GMT on July 04, 2011
The bad part is I conducted a small poll, it was the Nazi's according to some....God Help Us!
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1. ricderr
10:42 PM GMT on July 04, 2011
and vastly fewer realize that we had been at war with england for a year already
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