EDUCATION
07/04/2011 02:33 pm ET Updated Sep 03, 2011

Independence Day: 9 Myths Debunked

The National Assessment of Education Progress revealed that in 2010, just 7 percent of eighth graders could correctly identify the three branches of government. Only 9 percent of fourth graders could identify a photograph of Abraham Lincoln and state two reasons for his importance.

In celebration of the educational and historical aspects of Independence Day, here's a slideshow of 9 historical facts we've had wrong all these years about U.S. Independence. Adapted from National Geographic News.

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