Are You Smarter Than A Third Grader?

History whether in statues, museums, archives, or within the pages of history books is vastly more important than people realize. It grounds them to things that happened in the past, guides them in appreciating how we arrived at today, and serves as signposts for the future — to destroy these signs, symbols, and statues is beyond comprehension.

Below are seven questions, see if you are smarter than a Third Grader on them:

1–Who was it that arrived in 1621 as an indentured servant and after fulfilling his indenture bought land and owned four whites and one black as indentured servants to work on his Virginia tobacco plantation?

2–In 1793, who wrote “”If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace…it must be known that we are at all times ready for war” in response to Barbary Muslim Pirates attacks on US cargo ships?

3–Who was one of the more important American almanac authors, astronomers, surveyors, and naturalists around 1793; corresponded with Thomas Jefferson on abolition of slavery; and in his almanac posted a “Plan for A Secretary of Peace?

4–Who were the two presidents who refused to pay tribute to the Barbary Pirates and sent the Navy and Marines to fight in Tripoli?

5–In the mid-1830’s, who as the man who studied physics, mechanics, engineering, machining, and was widely considered one of the earliest chemical engineers?

6–Who advocated for the return of Blacks to Africa then during the Civil War recruited thousands of men for the Union Army? Hint: He was a Major in the Union Army.

7–Why was the Ku Klux Klan formed and when?

(No peeking below but I dare say most of the readers can’t answer most of the questions…they are no longer taught if they every have been.)


The point of those seven questions is that they are part of our history…they should have been and should always be studied and considered. There are literally thousands upon thousand of events and people throughout our history who would be silenced forever if the people tearing down statues and destroying or distorting history for their own ends are allowed to have their way. Not only would they be silenced, but we would be doomed to continue the same rise of hatred and oppression as has been before.

Why is this happening — simply to continue the anger, hatred, and violence that helps to tear down a nation and allow them to push for their ideological agendas.

The Islamic groups or their sympathizers here in the US would have us believe that Islam played a great role in our colonial history. Well they did at least in a way…just like today, they were and continue to be hell bent on extracting ransom and destroying or distorting facts to fit their own view, but theirs is not truth on this issue. In fact, had they not been selling slaves purchased from pirates and Black Tribes in Africa, a lot of the struggles after the late 1700’s would never have occurred. Indentured servants would have continued to be the method of obtaining labor for fields and businesses.

Just like those who would have us believe that blacks have had no place in our history, did not strive for a better world, and did not enrich our lives…just like today, theirs is not the whole truth when we actually view the conditions, accomplishments, and the advances subscribed to men and women focused on living and pursuing a better place in life for people of color.

Our history is one of many nations brought together by living in a land where kings did not rule; where people meant more than an autocracy; where small enclaves of socialism and communism were started but soon shriveled and died; and where life demanded we pull together. Many of us came here as indentured servants which is only one step up from a slave, especially if the one indentured to was a devil. In some cases those indentured servants whether black or white were literally never able to climb out of that indentured status and were forever bound to the “owner of their indenture papers.”

Despite what people think they have been accomplishing this past year or so in the removal and eradication of history and the assault on our constitution and republic–they should not be allowed to remove truth from our lives.

American history is as important as the air we breathe, the smiles we share, the stories we tell, and the truths that can not be hidden.

There are those from different religions, different countries, different stations in life, and different views on life that make up this great nation…they deserve the right and earned the right to be heard — be it good or bad.

They do not deserve some pantywaist prissy know-nothing college liberals, layabouts, deviants, or degenerates who “believe they are smarter than a third grader” to destroy their existence or future generations from learning better methods and changing past bad behavior into a better tomorrow.

People that are bound and determined to destroy that voice are ones that have no respect for themselves, their own parents and generations, and certainly not for anyone else. They are ignorant even if they hold high offices or have multiple letters behind their names.

Those in government and MSM that continue to ratchet up this hate and idiocy deserve to suffer greatly for what they cause to happen … the blood and violence of upheaval is squarely on their heads (empty as they appear to be) and their hands.

I am not alone in my assessment either…reasonable, rational members of the NAACP, deeply faithful Christians, and other prominent groups see what damage is being caused and its future results too.


We aren’t smarter than third graders if we allow this to continue.


Anyone able to answer the questions?

In case you didn’t — don’t feel bad. It took me at least five minutes on each of these to come up with what I needed because I didn’t know before I researched them.

1-Anthony Johnson – Johnson was captured in his native Angola by an enemy tribe and sold to Arab slave traders. He was eventually sold as an indentured servant to a merchant working for the Virginia Company. Interesting to note here: the first Black “slaves” were actually along with many whites considered “indentured” and thereby after a period of time could buy their freedom. Servants typically worked under an indenture contract for four to seven years to pay off their passage, room, board, lodging and freedom dues. In the early colonial years, most Africans in the Thirteen Colonies were held under such contracts of indentured servitude.

2-George Washington – Those words were in response to the Muslim Pirates of Barbary States- modern-day Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Lib­ya. In 1785, Dey Muhammad of Algiers declared war on the United States and captured several American ships. Even though the United States pursued a multilateral diplomatic effort at peace the newly formed US ended up between 1785 and 1793 losing a total of 13 ships and 119 men that were taken, enslaved, or killed by these pirates and through their nominal allegiance the Ottoman Empire. In all, the fragile new nation spent close to $15 million in today’s dollars to attempt to solve the problem through diplomatic efforts. Thus the US Navy and US Marines were formed to combat their threat.

3-Benjamin Banneker – (November 9, 1731 – October 9, 1806), free born African American from Baltimore County, Maryland who helped to survey the borders of the original District of Columbia, the federal capital district of the United States. He made calculations to predict solar and lunar eclipses and to compile an ephemeris for the Benjamin Banneker`s Almanac.

His plan included the following:

1. Let a Secretary of Peace be appointed to preside in this office; …; let him be a genuine republican and a sincere Christian ….
2. Let a power be given to the Secretary to establish and maintain free schools in every city, village and township in the United States; … Let the youth of our country be instructed in reading, writing, and arithmetic, and in the doctrines of a religion of some kind; the Christian religion should be preferred to all others,…


4-Thomas Jefferson led the first, from 1801 to 1805, against pirates’ cities in what are today Libya, Tunisia, and Algeria. James Madison directed military forces for the second war between 1815 and 1816.

5-Norbert Rilleaux – He was born into a prominent Creole family in New Orleans, Louisiana. His family was part of the elite Creoles of the day though many considered them on the fringe of acceptable. He was the son of Vincent Rillieux, a white plantation owner, and his placée, Constance Vivant, a free person of color. He designed and patented the multiple-effect evaporator, an energy-efficient means of evaporating water which revolutionized sugar processing.

One of his close friends was Judah P. Benjamin. Judah Benjamin was a lawyer and politician who was a United States Senator from Louisiana, a Cabinet officer of the Confederate States and, after his escape to the United Kingdom at the end of the American Civil War, an English barrister. Benjamin was the first Jew to be elected to the United States Senate who had not renounced the religion, and the first of that faith to hold a Cabinet position in North America.

6-Martin R. Delany – He was born in Charles Town, Virginia (now West Virginia) to a slave father and a free mother. He became the first black line field officer in the U.S. Army and achieved the highest rank an African American would reach during the Civil War. (By the end of the Civil War, approximately 180,000 African Americans had served in the Union army and 18,000 in the navy.) He was considered by many as the “father of black nationalism.” After the Civil War, he moved to South Carolina and ran for Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina as a member of the Republican Party advocating that Blacks be given their civil rights and land. He narrowly lost and briefly became a judge before moving to Xenia, Ohio.

7-Founded in 1866, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) extended into almost every southern state by 1870 and became a vehicle for white southern resistance to the Republican Party’s Reconstruction-era policies aimed at establishing political and economic equality for blacks. Its members waged an underground campaign of intimidation and violence directed at white and black Republican leaders.

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9 Responses to Are You Smarter Than A Third Grader?

  1. Hardnox says:

    Well done Uriel. Only got #1 and #4 correct. Interesting history lesson.

    The latest Poll (commissioned by PBS) supports your assertion. Americans do not want the statues or history rewritten.

  2. Terry says:

    Damn it ! Now I’ll either have to retake 3rd grade or just go ahead and get my degree in Liberal Arts.

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  4. vonmesser says:

    In the 1920-30s the KKK in Oregon got a law passed prohibiting Catholic priests and nuns from wearing their cassocks and habits in public. Nuns had to wear full-covering coats from the convent to the school next door where they taught. Same for priests from the rectory to the church next door.

  5. vonmesser says:

    As fot the test. I cheated. I have a BA in history and in Political Science. I got 5 right and almost #3 thought the name was Banker.

    • Uriel says:

      Lol. interesting tidbit of information. Were they that intimidated I wonder? Good for you. I would have failed sadly had I not checked.