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Texas Mom calls out publisher for misrepresenting slavery as immigration

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Book publishing giant McGraw-Hill is saying it will rewrite a textbook after a Pearland mother voiced concerns on YouTube about the portrayal of slaves as immigrant “workers” in her son’s school book.

In the video, Texas mom Roni Dean-Burren calls out the textbook, “World Geography.”

Dean-Burren pointed viewers to a section called “Patterns of Immigration.” Reading from the book, she notes the inclusion of slaves as immigrants.

“‘Immigrants,’ yeah, that word matters,” Dean-Burren said, “(Reading from the text) ‘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. So (slavery) is now considered ‘immigration’.”

She adds, in an adjacent section on European immigrants, that many came as “indentured servants to work for little or no pay.”

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