Va. approves formerly error-laden history books

September 22, 2011 - 2:25 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Board of Education has signed off on overhauled versions of two textbooks that initially were riddled with factual, grammatical and typographical errors. One contained a claim that thousands of black people fought on behalf of the Confederacy.

The board on Thursday approved new, corrected editions of "Our Virginia: Past and Present" and "Our America to 1865," published by Five Ponds Press. The publisher turned in its revised textbooks after they underwent a more rigorous state approval process this summer.

The books were reviewed by a state committee that included a teacher, a content specialist and a subject-matter expert. The public also weighed in, and some pointed out remaining errors and expressed concerns about the books and their author.