ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

Publications: Reports


Lincoln Awareness Survey


April 2015

In time for the 150th anniversary of the tragic night when John Wilkes Booth slipped into Ford’s Theater and shot President Abraham Lincoln, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni released a survey that reveals another tragedy: Lincoln—and much of his legacy—is being lost to the ages. According to the survey, only half of the American public could correctly identify when the Civil War took place, and just 18% knew the Emancipation Proclamation meant slaves were free in areas still in rebellion. This is just one in a series of surveys examining historical amnesia about American history.