Publisher to fix Confederate error, print new book

Fourth-grade reader that claimed thousands of black troops fought for the South will be corrected and reprinted


Associated Press
October 26, 2010 8:45PM (UTC)

The publisher of a Virginia textbook is printing revised editions to correct a passage that wrongly claims thousands of black troops fought for the Confederacy.

Five Ponds Press says it will begin printing the new edition for fourth-graders early next year.

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The new version of "Our Virginia: Past and Present" will correct a sentence that inaccurately claims that black troops fought under Stonewall Jackson, an assertion historians overwhelmingly say is unproven. It also will replace a photo of a brown bear that is not native to Virginia.

Until the new version is printed, the Daily Press reports that the publisher is offering white stickers to cover the inaccurate sentence.

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Information from: Daily Press, http://www.dailypress.com


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