Trump Administration Releases ‘1776 Commission’ Report

Headline Roundup January 19th, 2021

On Monday, the Trump administration released “The 1776 Report,” a document that calls for “patriotic education that teaches the truth of America,” says founding fathers’ slave ownership was an unfortunate product of its time, and describes progressivism and identity politics as “challenges to America’s principles.” The White House says the commission features "some of America’s most distinguished scholars and historians"; the commission is largely made up of conservative thinkers and activists, and has been criticized, especially by academics, for lacking qualified professional historians. The report is a response to The New York Times Magazine’s “1619 Project,” an initiative to place “the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.”

Coverage in left-rated outlets was highly critical of the report, with some coverage focusing on criticisms by professional American historians and other coverage outright labeling it as “racist.” Coverage in center- and right-rated outlets was less common and tended to describe the report’s claims with less commentary and context, with some coverage from the right taking a more positive angle.

Trump Administration Releases ‘1776 Commission’ Report

From the Left
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The White House on Monday released the report of the presidential 1776 Commission, a sweeping attack on liberal thought and activism that calls for a “patriotic education,” defends America’s founding against charges that it was tainted by slavery and likens progressivism to fascism.

President Trump formed the 18-member commission — which includes no professional historians but a number of conservative activists, politicians and intellectuals — in the heat of his re-election campaign in September, as he cast himself as a defender of traditional American heritage against “radical” liberals. Not previously...

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From the Center
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Members of President Trump’s 1776 Commission are calling for “patriotic education that teaches the truth of America” and identifying “progressivism” and “racism and identity politics” among the challenges to America’s principles.

The commission, officially established by Trump in November, argues in a report released on the federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday that Americans must “stand up to the petty tyrants in every sphere who demand that we speak only of America’s sins while denying her greatness” while not “ignoring the faults in our past.”

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From the Right
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A commission formed by President Donald Trump to promote "patriotic education" issued its final report, criticizing how American students are taught about the country's formation, as well as the history of slavery and racial discrimination.

The 1776 Commission released a 45-page report Monday that offered "a definitive chronicle of the American founding," according to the White House.

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