Elizabeth Kimball

Elizabeth Kimball

New Texas history textbooks will teach high schoolers that slavery wasn't all bad

Roughly 45 years after Alabama public schools used a textbook that focused on the benefits that slavery provided to slaves, a new textbook is being used in Texas that also appears to minimize the horrors of slavery. The books, which will be used in 7th, 8th grade, and high school curricula in Texas, are published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Pearson.

"The treatment of enslaved Africans varied. ​Some slaves reported that their masters treated ​them kindly. To protect their investment, ​some slaveholders provided adequate food ​and clothing for their slaves," is a quotation from the textbooks high schools in Texas have started using. In a time like this, do we still need to sugar-coat horrible things?

Vidushi Sharma

Vidushi Sharma Unbelievable! The South sometimes feels like a different world, with these kinds of things going on and then the Oklahoma senator throwing snowballs to "prove" the climate change doesn't exist.

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