Monday, August 21, 2006

How are we doing with the history quizzes, my friends?

I'm sorry to tell you that you are not all doing so well. So far everyone seems to know what Harry Houdini's real name was, but not one person can correctly identify which of three listed men was not a co-author of the Declaration of Independence. Everyone knows the date of the great San Francisco earthquake and fire, but nobody knows what year the United States held its first presidential election.

From this statistically meaningless set of responses I conclude that 20th Century American history is somewhat less murky than 18th Century American history for many of you. Is it because the folks in the knee britches and frock coats seem too remote to speak to us? Are their voices so faint that we don't hear them speak? Or is their accent too strange to our modern ear? Best Blogger Tips
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