Texas mom took to facebook after her son sent her a picture of a page in his ninth-grade McGraw-Hill World Geography textbook.
A section titled “Patterns of Immigration,” contained a caption pointing to a U.S. map that read: “The Atlantic Slave Trade between the 1500s and 1800s brought millions of workers from Africa to the southern United States to work on agricultural plantations.”
Roni Dean-Burren noticed that the trans-Atlantic slave trade was considered immigration and that slaves were referred to as workers. She noted on Facebook that in calling slaves “workers” and their move to the United States “immigration,” it suggests not only that her African American ancestors arrived on the continent willingly, but also that they were compensated for their labor. AND THAT’S SIMPLY NOT TRUE.
Mrs. Dean-Burren, who was an English teacher for 11 years at the Pearland, Tex., public high school that her son attends also noticed that in another section of the book, it states that many European immigrants were indentured servants who worked “for little or no pay.”
The textbook company says it will correct the mistake on their digital platforms immediately and will do a printed corrections on their next production of the book.
(By the way this could take some years)
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