Wednesday, July 04, 2007

A little history lesson for the young'uns

Yesterday on Sean Hannity's show they did a "man in the street" segment where random New Yorkers were asked what was being celebrated on the 4th of July. They were also asked if they knew who America was declaring its independence from, who wrote the Declaration of Independence and what the war in which America gained its independence was called.

Only a couple of people got even one question right and nobody got all of them right. Among the answers given were:

We were declaring our independence from the Civil War.
America won its independence in World War I.
George Washington wrote the Declaration of Independence.
Abraham Lincoln wrote the Declaration of Independence.

For all of you under thirty who went to public school outside of the Deep South:

On July 4, 1776 the Continental Congress voted to ratify the Declaration of Independence, which was written by Thomas Jefferson. This formally severed the ties between the colonies and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and began the Revolutionary War.