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The White House recently released the 1776 Commission report. The 1776 Commission was setup by President Trump when he was lagging behind the president elect Joe Biden during the US President Election 2020.

Highlights

  • President Joe Biden on 20th January 2021 issued an executive order to dissolve the 1776 commission, a panel stood up by President Donald Trump as a rebuttal to schools applying a more accurate history curriculum around slavery in the US, Biden’s transition team announced Wednesday.
  • The commission had been formed as an apparent counter to The New York Times’ 1619 Project, a Pulitzer Prize-winning project aimed at teaching American students about slavery that Trump, speaking last fall, had called “toxic propaganda.” The announcement comes just two days after the commission issued an inflammatory report on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and just hours before Biden will take over from Trump, whose time in office was marked by racist statements and actions.
  • President Donald Trump’s 1776 Commission was supposed to be the definitive “patriotic” rejoinder to the academic left for what conservatives view as a slanderous rendering of U.S. history. But the report released by the commission on 18th January 2021 has been mocked by historians as slapdash and slanted. And a good chunk appears lifted or recycled from other publications.

1776 Commission

The 1776 Commission was an advisory committee established in September 2020 by then-U.S. President Donald Trump to support his view of “patriotic education. “The commission, which included no professional specialists in United States history, released The 1776 Report on Martin Luther King Day, January 18, 2021, two days before the end of Trump’s term. The report was strongly criticized by historians, who described the report as pseudo-history. The commission was terminated by President Joe Biden on January 20, 2021.

Key Findings of 1776 Commission

  • The commission has identified racism, progressivism and identity politics as the challenges to the United States of America.
  • The report refers John Calhoun as the leading fore runner of identity politics. John Calhoun was an American politician who held important positions including Vice President of US (1825-1832). He strongly supported slavery.

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