Provide Students With Truthful Slavery Education


Target: Lloyd G. Waterhouse, CEO/President, McGraw-Hill Education

Goal: Correctly educate students about slavery in the United States

Slavery ran rampant in the United States for hundreds of years without any retribution from the government. Still, though, slavery is serving as a large problem domestically and McGraw-Hill textbooks should reflect that. Demand McGraw-Hill change its information stating that slavery ended in 1865.

Sex trafficking is one form of slavery that is current in America. Women, men, and children are kidnapped and sold every single day. They are enslaved and forced to “work” for multiple men and when they refuse they are beaten. There are children as young as 7 who are kidnapped and trafficked. It is estimated that human trafficking is claiming around 17,000 victims a year and dragging them through America as of right now.

Despite the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1865 there are still those who undergo forced labor who must work 18 hour days with little to no income. In agriculture, sex trafficking, domestic services, and more there are an unthinkable amount of slaves being forced to work. With new cases like that of Princess Alayban, who was caught with five domestic workers that were enslaved and not allowed to leave Alayban’s home, it would be more than a little white lie to lead students to believe that slavery is not current.

There are enslaved people, children at that, that are working right in front of us without the slightest of recognition. Whether you use it in its loosest, broadest definition, or you take it word for word, slavery is still running rampant. McGraw-Hill needs to acknowledge modern-day slavery and change the print in its books that teaches otherwise.


Dear Mr. Waterhouse,

Slavery legally ran amok in the United States for hundreds of years. It is printed in your textbooks that this gross epidemic of abuse to human rights came to an end in 1865. Slavery, however, is still serving as a large issue domestically and I am of the belief that your textbooks need to must educate students about that.

Sex trafficking is a form of slavery that is current in America and globally. Women, men, and children are kidnapped and sold for “work” to people who will beat and violate them relentlessly. The average beginning age of children being forced into this is 11-12.

Slavery in America is inducting around 17,000 new victims per year. Forced and bonded labor, as well as human trafficking are three form of slavery still active in the United States. It is in every work industry, from agriculture to domestic services, and it has been stated that there are more slaves today than ever in human history .

Whether you use it in its loosest, broadest definition, or you take it word for word, slavery is still running rampant. Without properly educating students on slavery in the United States true reforms can never be made. Change the text in your books that states slavery ended in 1865 so that we can equip our children with the correct information to work on the problem with.


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