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    A mother in Texas won a fight against McGraw Hill for their calling Black slaves "workers" in a textbook.

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/tex...fc&ocid=SMSDHP

    Roni Dean-Burren was horrified when her son sent her a snapchat of his McGraw-Hill World Geography textbook, an edition created especially for Texas’ new state standards adopted in 2010. Opening up to a graphic titled “Patterns of Immigration,” he snapped a photo of the map’s caption. The caption reads:
    The Atlantic Slave Trade between the 1500s and the 1800s brought millions of workers from Africa to the southern United States to work on agricultural plantations.
    Examining his book more closely, Ms. Dean-Burren realized that although European indentured servants are described as working for “little or no pay,” there was no further mention of black slaves; their presence is simply portrayed as part of “immigration.”
    (Note, the textbook is also Common Core compatible... )

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    GOP controlled commision sets the standards for Texas text books. From your link.

    “Even as the left pushes stories of American perfidy, the right counters with triumphal accounts of American perfection,” the report says, arguing that either slant handicaps students’ ability to understand the world around them.

    The criticism from a conservative organization may be particularly noteworthy, since the controversial standards gaining ground in Texas (and popping up in similar debates from Colorado to Virginia) are often pushed by Republican-dominated committees and school boards, particularly when it comes to interpretations of the Civil War.

    Texas Board of Education member Patricia Hardy, a Republican, believes “States’ rights were the real issues behind the Civil War. Slavery was an after issue,” according to NPR – a view shared by 48 percent of Americans, according to the Pew Research Center, and held by more people under 30 than in any other age group.
    “The time has come,” the Walrus said,
    “To talk of many things:
    Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—
    Of cabbages—and kings—
    And why the sea is boiling hot—
    And whether pigs have wings.”
    ― Lewis Carroll

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    • #3
      President Lincoln said at the beginning of the war that he was keeping the South from seceding from the Union. In the Civil War series by Ken Burns the great historian Shelby Foote said that many in the North were not fighting it because of Slavery and many in the south weren't fighting over slavery. In fact many in the South replied when asked why they were fighting said, Cause You're here. Of course slavery was a big issue but you cant just say the war was completely over slavery. There were other factors in play.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mystikeye View Post
        President Lincoln said at the beginning of the war that he was keeping the South from seceding from the Union. In the Civil War series by Ken Burns the great historian Shelby Foote said that many in the North were not fighting it because of Slavery and many in the south weren't fighting over slavery. In fact many in the South replied when asked why they were fighting said, Cause You're here. Of course slavery was a big issue but you cant just say the war was completely over slavery. There were other factors in play.
        THE States right issue was simple, the issue of Slavery. Every other issue was a secondary one.

        In this specific case Read The Confederate State of Texas secession document:

        https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ref/aboutt.../2feb1861.html

        We hold as undeniable truths that the governments of the various States, and of the confederacy itself, were established exclusively by the white race, for themselves and their posterity; that the African race had no agency in their establishment; that they were rightfully held and regarded as an inferior and dependent race, and in that condition only could their existence in this country be rendered beneficial or tolerable.

        That in this free government all white men are and of right ought to be entitled to equal civil and political rights; that the servitude of the African race, as existing in these States, is mutually beneficial to both bond and free, and is abundantly authorized and justified by the experience of mankind, and the revealed will of the Almighty Creator, as recognized by all Christian nations; while the destruction of the existing relations between the two races, as advocated by our sectional enemies, would bring inevitable calamities upon both and desolation upon the fifteen slave-holding States.

        By the secession of six of the slave-holding States, and the certainty that others will speedily do likewise, Texas has no alternative but to remain in an isolated connection with the North, or unite her destinies with the South.
        Pretty straight forward. Created by White Men for White Men and that the Negroes LIKE being slaves because GOD intended them to be slaves.
        Last edited by Combat Engineer; 05 Oct 15, 22:49.
        “The time has come,” the Walrus said,
        “To talk of many things:
        Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—
        Of cabbages—and kings—
        And why the sea is boiling hot—
        And whether pigs have wings.”
        ― Lewis Carroll

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        • #5
          A lot of the PC nonsense is due to people and businesses not wanting to be sued or losing sponsors.
          “When you're in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, 'Damn, that was fun'.”
          ― Groucho Marx

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Combat Engineer View Post
            GOP controlled commision sets the standards for Texas text books. From your link.
            Part of the reason the Lost Cause mythos continues to linger on, like a stale fart in an elevator.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
              A mother in Texas won a fight against McGraw Hill for their calling Black slaves "workers" in a textbook.

              http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/tex...fc&ocid=SMSDHP



              (Note, the textbook is also Common Core compatible... )
              Those damn conservatives and their Political Correctness nonsense. Why, we should all stand up to them and declare we won't tolerate their bull any more! Let's all condemn those conservative fools. Who's with me?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Combat Engineer View Post
                GOP controlled commision sets the standards for Texas text books. From your link.

                Republicans and their revisionism

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                • #9
                  Massachusetts, Our Home

                  ...a third grade history textbook. Has no mention of the Atlantic slave trade.

                  http://www.amazon.com/Massachusetts-.../dp/1586850598
                  https://books.google.com/books?id=uy...ade%22&f=false

                  ...obtw if you didn't know, the New England region grew rich from the slave trade.
                  Last edited by BorderRuffian; 06 Oct 15, 07:54.
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                  "Any story sounds true until someone tells the other side and sets the record straight." -Proverbs 18:17

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by BorderRuffian View Post
                    Massachusetts, Our Home

                    ...a third grade history textbook. Has no mention of the Atlantic slave trade.

                    http://www.amazon.com/Massachusetts-.../dp/1586850598
                    https://books.google.com/books?id=uy...ade%22&f=false

                    ...obtw if you didn't know, the New England region grew rich from the slave trade.
                    Try searching on Slave. multiple reference in the index, not available in google books preview.

                    Also the book does not go past the American Revolution.
                    “The time has come,” the Walrus said,
                    “To talk of many things:
                    Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—
                    Of cabbages—and kings—
                    And why the sea is boiling hot—
                    And whether pigs have wings.”
                    ― Lewis Carroll

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Combat Engineer View Post
                      Try searching on Slave. multiple reference in the index [slavery mentioned on three pages], not available in google books preview.
                      Just a bare mention here and there - either someone was a slave (Wheatley) or against slavery (Thoreau). No mention of the Slave Trade.

                      Also the book does not go past the American Revolution.
                      Up to the AR was the most active period.
                      Last edited by BorderRuffian; 06 Oct 15, 10:27.
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                      "Any story sounds true until someone tells the other side and sets the record straight." -Proverbs 18:17

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                      • #12
                        The Texas book should call a slave a slave, but it does say the "workers" came by way of the slave trade.

                        "The Atlantic Slave Trade between the 1500s and the 1800s brought millions of workers from Africa to the southern United States to work on agricultural plantations."
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                        "Any story sounds true until someone tells the other side and sets the record straight." -Proverbs 18:17

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Combat Engineer View Post
                          GOP controlled commision sets the standards for Texas text books. From your link.
                          Juliett H. Charlie I bet when the doctor hits your knee with a mallet you bitch about Republicans.
                          A new life awaits you in the off world colonies; the chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Daemon of Decay View Post
                            Those damn conservatives and their Political Correctness nonsense. Why, we should all stand up to them and declare we won't tolerate their bull any more! Let's all condemn those conservative fools. Who's with me?
                            Idiots are idiots. This is about corrupting history, not politics. There is a difference. But, then again, McGraw-Hill churns out some really lousy textbooks too...

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
                              Idiots are idiots. This is about corrupting history, not politics. There is a difference. But, then again, McGraw-Hill churns out some really lousy textbooks too...
                              It's also Texas. The south is heavy on idiocy.

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