What do we celebrate on the Fourth of July? Independence from what country? Who was the general who fought for our independence? How many colonies were there? When did we get our independence? Jay Leno talks to Americans who think Churchill led the 30 colonies to independence from Greece in 1922.
Most of these folks went through school long before No Child Left Behind narrowed the curriculum, points out DeTocqueville’s Daughter.
The only respondent who doesn’t make us cringe is the black grandfather. He was apparently educated in what’s known in many circles today as the bad old days.
The woman who thinks we won independence in 1922 is a college instructor in business skills, who wisely refused to identify where she teaches.
As D’s Daughter points out, Leno decides which clips to use; well-informed Americans’ answers may be left on the cutting room floor.