Textbook Publisher Alters Declaration of Independence!
A fifth grader from Ector County Independent School District in Odessa, TX was recently told to memorize the Declaration of Independence.
But there was one hitch- an essential word had been altered.
The true text of the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, as written by principal author Thomas Jefferson, states:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."[Emphasis added]
However, a fifth-grade student reading one of the cover pages of "History Alive! America's Past," will see the following:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." [Emphasis added]
The text contained no visible disclaimer or brackets indicating that the wording had been changed.
This is nothing more than another assault on our founding documents by the politically correct liberal lobby. First impressions are very powerful, and the statement by the publisher that the "cover artwork contains the altered version", is an indirect admission that the true intent was to deliberately deceive the student.
The student is not going to go to the appendix to read what The Declaration of Independence actually says. The incorrect wording is branded into their minds, and they recite the error from then on. Repeat a lie often enough and people start accepting it as truth. It is in failing to fight the little battles that the whole war is lost.