43% knew the Civil War was fought between 1850 and 1900.
52% could identify the theme of 1984.
51% knew that the controversy surrounding Sen. Joseph McCarthy focused on communism.
In all, students earned a C in history and an F in literature, though the survey suggests students do well on topics schools cover. For instance, 88% knew the bombing of Pearl Harbor led the USA into World War II, and 97% could identify Martin Luther King Jr. as author of the “I Have a Dream” speech.
Fewer (77%) knew Uncle Tom’s Cabin helped end slavery a century earlier.
What I take from this is the inherent danger of letting government dictate the curriculum. They are deciding what history is important to learn, and what isn’t. That is a decision much better left to the individual.