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30 of the Dumbest Student Comments about U.S. History

30 of the Dumbest Student Comments about U.S. History


  1. Who is the king of America?
  2. Why is it called New England? Is there an old England?
  3. Why don’t people in Europe celebrate the 4th of July?
  4. On the 4th of July, we celebrate 9/11!
  5. On the 4th of July, we celebrate fireworks!
  6. The British won the American Revolution, right?
  7. Was Yankee Doodle the first president of the United States?
  8. Are the Founding Fathers still alive? (This question came from a high school senior.”)
  9. Are the 4th of July and Independence Day the same thing?
  10. Did the Revolutionary War really happen?
  11. Why didn’t they just use their cell phones to call for help when the British were coming?
  12. Christopher Columbus came to the U.S. on the Mayflower, right?
  13. Which states are numbers 51 and 52?
  14. The U.S. capitol is in New Jersey.
  15. Why did Rosa Parks shoot President Lincoln? Was it because he wouldn’t give up his seat?
  16. Before she was frozen, the Statue of Liberty said, “Give me liberty, or give me death!” 
  17. Why are we considered part of the South if we live in North Carolina?
  18. One of the freedoms in the First Amendment is the right to bear arms. 
  19. Did the year 800 really happen?
  20. Did the Hunger Games happen before or after the Revolutionary War?
  21. Which side won the American Revolution? 
  22. Why wasn’t George Washington a general in WWI?
  23. Did they speak American in England before the Revolutionary War?
  24. Is George Washington still alive?
  25. If you have gray hair, does it mean you are related to George Washington?
  26. The capital of the U.S. is the University of Oklahoma. 
  27. When is the 4th of July?
  28. Hall and Oates is where the first battle of the American Revolution took place.
  29. Were we fighting the Mormons during the Revolutionary War?
  30. Happy 2023rd Birthday, America!

And here are some other very scholarly pieces of student history work!

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