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Most College Students Believe America Invented Slavery

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Monday, 31 Oct 2016 12:20 PM

Most college students think slavery was introduced by America, quizzes given at five schools over the past 11 years reveal.

"Most of my students could not tell me anything meaningful about slavery outside of America," Duke Pesta, an associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, told The College Fix.

"They are convinced that slavery was an American problem that more or less ended with the Civil War, and they are very fuzzy about the history of slavery prior to the Colonial era. Their entire education about slavery was confined to America."

Pesta, an associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, said he has given the quizzes to students at Purdue University, University of Tennessee Martin, Ursinus College, Oklahoma State University, and his current school.

He found more students connected Thomas Jefferson to slavery than could identify him as president.

And since the early 2000s, many students "come to college preprogrammed" with certain beliefs, Pesta told The College Fix.

"They cannot tell you many historical facts or relate anything meaningful about historical biographies, but they are, however, stridently vocal about the corrupt nature of the Republic, about the wickedness of the founding fathers, and about the evils of free markets," Pesta said.

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Most college students think slavery was introduced by America, quizzes given at five schools over the past 11 years reveal.
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