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Anthony Brandt’s new edition of The Journals of Lewis and Clark has been published by National Geographic. Illustrations for this article have been drawn from Lewis and Clark: Across the Divide,by Carolyn Gilman, published by Smithsonian Books in association with the Missouri Historical Society, 2003. The book accompanies “ Lewis and Clark: The National Bicentennial Exhibition .” This spectacular exhibit, organized by the historical society, opened in St. Louis last January and will travel for nearly three years. For more information, visit www.lewisandclarkexhibit.org . His latest book The Man Who Ate His Boots: The Tragic History of the Search for the Northwest Passage, was released in 2010.
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65% of Americans don’t know what happened at the Constitutional Convention, according to a recent survey by Newsweek.
The “Teaching American History” grants—the largest Federal program supporting history education—have been completely eliminated.
Visits to the Top 20 Civil War battlefields have dropped in half from 1970 to 2009 according to official National Park Service statistics.
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“There is little that is more important for an American citizen to know than the history and traditions of his country,” John F. Kennedy wrote in American Heritage.
The “We the People Program,” which touched some 30 million students and 90,000 teachers over 25 years, has been completely eliminated.
Two-thirds of Americans could not correctly name Yorktown as the last major military action of the American Revolution, according to a recent national Gallup survey.
The National Heritage Areas and Scenic Byways program, the only major Federal program encouraging visits to historic places, has been completely eliminated in Congressional committee.