According to recent reports, members of the 1776 Commission created by former President Trump, which Joe Biden disbanded on his first day in the White House, will reconvene with the renewed focus to combat the teaching of U.S. history in schools and universities based on Marxist critical race theory.
The Trump administration established the advisory commission in Nov. 2020 to celebrate and promote the principles enshrined in the nation’s founding documents. It arose in response to The New York Times’ controversial “Project 1619,” which contends that the United States has the foundations of an essentially racist nation.
Project 1619 was created in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the beginning of slavery in the United States and aimed to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the national narrative.
The 1776 commission’s executive director, Matthew Spalding, told the Washington Examiner in an interview published Friday that the commission still sees itself in an “important role” in the debate over how to teach American history in public and private schools.
Spalding also reported that members of the 1776 Commission would meet next week in Washington on the campus of Hillsdale College. One of the topics to be discussed will be critical race theory, which sees racism in all aspects of American life.
The 1776 Commission is composed of some of America’s most distinguished scholars and historians. During the final days of the Trump era, the prestigious Commission presented a report detailing the principles of the American founding, making a cogent description of the effect that the principles of the Declaration of Independence have had on the nation’s history.
On his first day as president, Democrat Joe Biden killed the report and the founding Commission.
In addition to highlighting the values of the nation’s founding fathers, the report seeks to refute destructive attempts to reframe U.S. history based on the idea that the country is founded on a purely racist and discriminatory foundation, which is evidence of a biased understanding of the facts.
In the January report, the commission asserts the United States has constantly been evolving to reach the pinnacle of the founding precepts and striving, albeit at times with missteps, to live by those principles.
“As we approach the 250th anniversary of our independence, we must enlighten future generations of Americans and teach an accurate history of our country so that we all learn and appreciate our founding principles, again,” the commission’s report concluded.