The British think we need remedial history education

Or anyway, that’s the implication in this article from the Economist, which leads with a quote illustrating Bachmann’s apparent lack of understanding of Revolutionary War history:

AMERICAN history is in vogue, if not well understood. American revolutionaries are reincarnated as tea-partiers. Pocket editions of the constitution are a must-have accessory for politicians. Last month Michele Bachmann, a congresswoman and tea-party favourite, told Iowans that America’s Founding Fathers “worked tirelessly until slavery was no more”. Never mind that this was untrue. It sounded nice.

Unfortunately, they have a point.

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