Available on Amazon as “United States History for Christian Schools”
“The U.S. History text covers our nation’s history from colonial times up to the present. Special attention is given to God’s providence and the nation’s Christian heritage.” Published by BoB Jones University Press.
“In the ravages of lives and families being torn apart, believers found – in the north and south alike – new strength in God. The south suffered greatly both from the war and the period of reconstruction that followed but ‘de land ob cotton’ rose from the ashes to become the bible belt, a part of the country that has continued to stand firm on the fundamentals of Christian faith.
From a text book used in Christian schools on the positive legacy of the Civil War
“Under radical reconstruction, the south suffered. Great southern leaders and much of the old aristocracy were unable to vote or hold office. The result was that state legislatures were filled with illiterate or incompetent men. Northerners who were eager to make money or gain power during the crisis rushed to the south … For all these reasons, reconstruction led to graft and corruption and reckless spending. In retaliation, many southerners formed secret organizations to protect themselves and their society from anarchy. Among these groups was the Ku Klux Klan, a clandestine group of white men who went forth at night dressed in white sheets and pointed white hoods.”
From a text book published by Accelerated Christian Education publishers.
“Unfortunately, Americans’ views of race relations declined after Obama came into office. Race riots in places such as Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland, greatly escalated racial tensions and worsened strife between minorities and local police,” the textbook reads. “President Obama’s attempts to resolve these problems often seemed to make the situation worse.”
Groups such as black lives matter (BLM) sharpened the divide between police and citizen, and black and white, with divisive rhetoric,” says the textbook.
From a test book published by Abeka, used in many Christian schools.
A Bob Jones university Publishing world history textbook paints the religion of Islam as violent, with one section titled “Islam and murder”. An Abeka 11th-grade history textbook passage describes slavery in purely economic terms, ignoring its human costs, writing that “slaves seemed to be better investments than indentured servants”. As the Abeka textbook moves to modern history, the authors criticize President Barack Obama for harming race relations in the country.
These textbooks also treat same-sex relationships as a matter of biblical immorality. Under a section called “Cultural Decay”, an Abeka history textbook says that “increased acceptance of homosexuality” has been a result of declining “American family values”, noting that such acceptance increased during the Obama administration.
These textbooks teach history from an evangelical perspective and have been around for decades, working to stoke fears about secular society, and more specifically, what goes on in public schools, says Adam Laats, a professor at Binghamton University who studies the history of American education and has researched these publishers.
One history textbook exclusively refers to immigrants as “aliens”. Another blames the Black Lives Matter movement for strife between communities and police officers. A third discusses the prevalence of “black supremacist” organizations during the civil rights movement, calling Malcolm X the most prominent “black supremacist” of the era.
“While public school textbooks suffer from their own blind spots, a Guardian analysis has found that private schools, especially Christian schools, use textbooks that tell a version of history that is racially biased and often inaccurate. These textbooks, used in thousands of private schools, many of which receive tens of thousands of dollars in public funding every year, whitewash the legacy of slavery, frame Native Americans as lesser and blame the Black Lives Matter movement for sowing racial discord.”
About half of states have enacted or are looking to enact restrictions on discussions of systemic racism. In Florida, for example, the state board of education recently voted to ban the teaching of critical race theory (a catch -all to ban any discussion of race in America) and the 1619 Project, a curriculum born out of a New York Times Magazine initiative that seeks to reframe American history through the historical legacy of slavery. In Iowa, the governor has signed a bill broadly banning the discussion of “divisive concepts” in public school, including racism and sexism.
Dozens of textbooks produced by the Christian textbook publishers Abeka, Bob Jones University Press and Accelerated Christian Education, three of the most popular textbook sources used in private schools throughout the US have been reviewed. These textbooks describe slavery as “black immigration”, and say Nelson Mandela helped move South Africa to a system of “radical affirmative action”.
So next time a good Christian bigot is objecting to the history textbooks used in public schools you will know what they want taught to your kids. It’s what they have been teaching those impressionable young minds in their “Christian” schools for years.
Maybe someone in Florida will mention to our school children that of the 140,400 residents in 1860, 44% were slaves. And that the county adjacent to mine was populated by South Carolina “planters” who came here with their slaves to make a buck.