THE LIBERTY INSTITUTE curriculum for High School American History is unique in that it teaches the objective moral truth of history, and in that it is adapted for proper use by different kinds of schools. In keeping with those objectives, here is the final examination for the curriculum, along with suitable example answers, for the use of teachers of the program. Students should be encouraged to use their own words to answer these essay questions, but any deviation from the sentiments in the example answers should be marked wrong.
1. To what did the American side owe its victory in the Revolutionary War?
A. The American side owed its victory to the superior moral virtue of the American people.
2. What was the chief cause of the American Civil War?
The following answer is correct for use in South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina, and portions of Missouri and Kentucky:
A. The American Civil War was caused by Northern aggression and an intolerable disregard of states’ rights.
The following answer is correct for use in all other states:
A. The American Civil War was caused by Southern intransigence on the question of slavery.
3. What was the cause of the First World War?
A. It is not possible to understand the cause of the First World War.
4. What is the judgment of history in regard to McCarthyism?
A. The judgment of history is that McCarthyism was good and correct, because documents released after the fall of the Soviet Union prove that there were indeed Communist agents under every American bed.
5. Did the Vietnam War terminate in victory or defeat?
A. The Vietnam War ended in a glorious victory, which saw all of Southeast Asia opened up to the forces of free-market capitalism after an intermediate genocidal stage of development.
6. Was the Civil Rights movement a good thing or a bad thing?
A. The Civil Rights movement was good insofar as it led to legal recognition of the civil rights of all Americans, but bad insofar as undesirable groups attempted to exercise those rights.
7. Which Presidents of the United States were good, and which bad?
A. All were good, and none bad. According to democratic republican principles, the wisdom of the electorate is infallible.
8. On what principles was the American nation founded?
The following answer is correct for use in Protestant schools:
A. The American nation was founded on Protestant principles, all of which can be drawn from Scripture alone.
The following answer is correct for use in Catholic schools:
A. The American nation was founded on Catholic principles, as expressed in the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas.
The following answer is correct for use in Islamic schools:
A. The American nation was founded on principles that are, in their fundamental aspect, Koranic.
For answers relevant to Jewish, Hindu, Hinayana Buddhist, Mahayana Buddhist, Wiccan, Mormon, Gnostic, or Waldorf Schools, please see Supplement no. 498.