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Americans Cherish the 'One' in Our 'Many'
Posted By Ken McIntyre On June 27, 2008 @ 12:22 pm In First Principles | Comments Disabled
Widespread ignorance of U.S. history is only the most visible symptom of a troubling decline in popular knowledge of the nation’s core principles.
Some hopeful news, as well as sobering facts, arrived earlier this month in “E Pluribus Unum ,” a report issued by the Bradley Project on America’s National Identity . The purpose of the project, brainchild of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, is to begin “a national conversation … to affirm the belief that what unites us is far greater than what divides us.” The report warns:
Many Americans are more aware of what divides us than of what unites us. We are in danger of becoming not ‘from many, one’ — E Pluribus Unum — but its opposite, ‘from one, many.’
Among results of a HarrisInteractive survey of more than 2,400 American citizens conducted for the study:
Heritage has compiled some of this information for our latest À La Chart , coming a week before America celebrates the Fourth of July.
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URLs in this post:
 E Pluribus Unum: http://www.bradleyproject.org/bradleyprojectreport.html
 Bradley Project on America’s National Identity: http://www.bradleyproject.org/index.html
 À La Chart: http://author.heritage.org/Press/ALAChart/alachart-detail.cfm?customel_datapageid_244663=251516
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