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Aspen Ideas Festival 2015

What Should Every American Know?

Aug 09, 2015 | 20 videos
Video by The Atlantic

In 1987, E.D. Hirsch sparked a national debate with his book Cultural Literacy, claiming that there is a foundation of common knowledge every American should know and codifying it in a list of 5,000 facts and cultural references. What should today’s Americans know in order to be civically and culturally literate? Eric Liu and Anne-Marie Slaughter discuss potential core tenets.


This discussion took place at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival.

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