Educational Research Analysts
Textbook publisher ethics check

We found 379 factual errors in the five 1999-copyright high school World History books on our rating sheet, including the samples below. Publishers promised to correct them in the final Texas editions, but in the past some have tried to dump uncorrected copies in unsuspecting states.

If your school uses a pre-1999 version of these books, they probably contain these errors. If it uses the 1999 editions, they may contain them. Get our lists, check your books, and demand the corrected Texas edition. These samples will suggest if your version is corrected:

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WORLD HISTORY: Continuity and Change
– Holt ©1999 –
"Silk was probably first seen in Rome around 40 b.c., when it was used for the tents of the emperor."
– p. 166, col. 3, par. 1, lines 10-13
Rome had no emperor in 40 b.c.
WORLD HISTORY: Patterns of Interaction
– McDougal ©1999 –
"Suez Crisis
an international crisis that occurred after Egypt seized control of the Suez Canal in 1956, when Israel, with the support of Britain and France, took the canal by force …." – p. 1028, col. 2
Only Britain and France – not Israel – seized the Suez Canal in this 1956 crisis.
WORLD HISTORY: The Human Odyssey
– West ©1999 –
"On August 9, 1974, Nixon resigned the presidency rather than face trial and possible impeachment by the Senate."
– p. 992, col. 1, par. 1, lines 13-15
Nixon faced probable impeachment by the House, not the Senate; and trial and possible conviction – not impeachment – by the Senate.
WORLD HISTORY: The Human Experience
– Glencoe ©1999 –
"In 1920 Congress decided to ratify, or approve, the Nineteenth Amendment."
– p. 665, col. 2, bottom 3 lines
States – not Congress – ratify constitutional amendments.
WORLD HISTORY: Connections to Today
– Prentice ©1999 –
"… Harvard, the first North American university, was founded in 1636."
– p. 399, col. 1, bottom two lines
The first North American university was the University of Mexico in 1551, not Harvard in 1636. The text itself includes Mexico in North America on p. 158, col. 2, par. 4, lines 2-4.
"… at … Yalta … Roosevelt and Churchill agreed that Stalin had the right to control the governments of Eastern Europe after the war."
– p. 806, picture caption, lines 6 and 10-13
FDR and Churchill did not agree at Yalta to Soviet control of post-WWII Eastern European governments. Stalin promised "free elections" there, but reneged. This was a major cause of the Cold War. The text itself admits this on p. 810, col. 2, par. 4, lines 1-3.

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