Press Release: How Much History Do Americans Actually Know?


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Washington, DC, June 10, 2015 — When it comes to having a deep knowledge and understanding of the history of the United States, how much do you really know?

“It might be less than you think,” writes Saba Naseem on, which asked Grateful American™ Foundation founder David Bruce Smith what he believes can be done to fix this problem. Click here to learn what he has to say.

Smith explains: “I was born loving history. When I was a little boy, my grandfather said I should read biographies—especially about the great people like Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin; he believed that knowledge would flow into my young mind, and pool into a reservoir of wisdom that I would be able to tap in the future.”

“It was good advice. My mother was also a bibliophile, and kept my shelves filled with classics, including biographies on Madame Curie and Winston Churchill to Catherine the Great and Joseph Lister.”

That’s why he created the Grateful American™ Foundation.

“The Grateful American Foundation honors my grandfather — and my father, Robert H. Smith, who always referred to himself as a Grateful American,” shares Smith. “We are a fortunate family, and because of that, he felt very strongly about giving back. During the last 20 years of his life, he devoted himself to education, and nothing excited him more than to see a child excited about learning—particularly history. So, I have taken his sentiment and converted it to a noun.”

“Hopefully, the Foundation will move kids—and adults—to become more enthusiastic about it via videos, games, and interactive activities,” adds Smith, who in the June issue of his monthly history magazine features interviews with the four finalists — and the winner — the 2015 Washington Book Prize.

And, because Smith is determined to improve the nation’s history IQ, this month he was invited to be interviewed on News Channel 8’s Let’s Talk Live. With him, he brought historian Allida Black, author of the Eleanor Roosevelt papers. Together, the history lovers provide a glimpse into what the country might have been like had President Lincoln not been assassinated 150 years ago. Click here to watch their TV appearance.

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About David Bruce Smith’s Grateful American™ Foundation

Founded in 2013, David Bruce Smith’s Grateful American™ Foundation is dedicated to restoring enthusiasm in American history for kids. From TV and radio shows to books and Fascinating Facts about the nation’s Founding Fathers and Mothers, the organization makes learning history fun by going behind the scenes at the nation’s most popular presidential and historic homes, ranging from George Washington’s Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, to Alexander Hamilton’s The Grange, and the Benjamin Franklin House in London, and more.

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Disclaimer: The photos of the historic figures pictured in the videos have been provided courtesy of the presidential and historic homes and museums depicted, as well as from the authors and historians, and / or are under Creative Commons usage. The Grateful American™ Series understands that these images are in the public domain and have no known copyright restrictions.