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U.S. History

(May 15, 2019)(L-R) Educators LaGarrett King, Laura Westhoff and Robert Good joined Wednesday's talk show to shed light on how U.S. history is taught in textbooks and how to correct inaccurate versions of history.
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

As the U.S. population grows more ethnically diverse, many historians and educators are becoming more aware of changing demographics and are keen on ensuring that diversity is reflected in the way the nation’s history is presented in classrooms.

For many years, textbooks haven’t accurately reflected true accounts of historical figures or events, such as seen in a textbook published by McGraw-Hill Education. In covering immigration, one chapter read that “the Atlantic slave trade brought ‘millions of workers from Africa to the southern United States to work on agricultural plantations.’”

There has also been criticism that schools limit coverage of communities of color to a chapter or lesson or time of year. For example, some say Black History Month gives short shrift to individuals whose contributions should not be forgotten.