What is the 1776 Commission report?

The White House has released its 1776 Commission report. This was an initiative of the former US President Donald Trump.

1776 Commission report

This commission was set up in September 2020. It was set up with the objective of promoting the patriotic education in America.  This initiative was launched with the aim of pleasing the conservative voter base of Donald Trump.  It was launched to counter the 1619 Project. This project was initiated to mark the 250th anniversary of America.

1619 Project

This project was launched in 2019 and is the collection of essays on African American history of recent four centuries. The project highlights the contributions of the black community in the nation building. It has also won the Pulitzer Prize. It was an initiative by the New York Times Magazine. It marks the completion of 400 years of the arrival of first enslaved Africans to Jamestown of Virginia in August 1619.

Highlights of the report

  • The report highlights that, the 18-member commission which was formed by Trump does not have professional historians.
  • The commission comprises of conservative activists, politicians and intellectuals.
  • The report also highlights that this commission was formed so that Trump could cast himself as a defender of traditional American heritage.
  • The report further highlights that, this commission was set up with the aim of enabling the new generation to understand the history and principles of the founding of the United States in 1776.

Why this commission is being criticised?

The commission is being criticised because Trump during his campaign in September 2020 infringed on the constitutional liberties. He states that, the founding of USA had set the unstoppable chain of events to abolish the slavery. Further, it is being criticised as the report recommends to promote positive stories and images of the country’s founders at home, in schools, and in art but it does not include any citations or footnotes or identify any of the main authors. Following the criticism, the 1776 commission was dissolved by an executive order of the President Joe Biden.