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Congressional Resolution Calling for Restoring America’s Historical Memory Passes Both Houses

Citing a Recent Survey by ACTA
July 11, 2000

WASHINGTON, DC—Yesterday, the House unanimously passed a joint resolution calling on all Americans to restore their historical memory. The resolution passed unanimously in the Senate on June 30.

Introduced by Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-CT), Sen. Slade Gorton (R-WA), Rep. Thomas E. Petri (R-WI) and Rep. George Miller (D-CA), the Concurrent Resolution expresses the “sense of Congress regarding the importance and value of United States history” and calls on boards of trustees, college administrators and state officials to strengthen American history requirements. 

On June 27 members of the Senate and House—flanked by eminent historians from across the country—unveiled the resolution. Citing a recent survey by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), Losing America’s Memory: Historical Illiteracy in the 21st Century, which found that 81% of seniors at top-rated colleges received a D or an F on high school level American history questions, Lieberman stated that the historical illiteracy of America’s college graduates is a serious national problem that should be addressed by the country’s higher education community.

ACTA’s report received national coverage from the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Sacramento Bee to CNN and ABC.

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni is a national nonprofit organization of alumni and trustees dedicated to academic excellence, freedom and accountability. It has members from more than 200 institutions of higher education from across the country.


Launched in 1995, we are the only organization that works with alumni, donors, trustees, and education leaders across the United States to support liberal arts education, uphold high academic standards, safeguard the free exchange of ideas on campus, and ensure that the next generation receives an intellectually rich, high-quality college education at an affordable price.

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