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Tell McGraw-Hill Publishers: Slavery Did Not End in 1865, Include Modern-Day Slavery in Textbooks.
  • Petitioning McGraw-Hill Publishing Company

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Education Group
McGraw-Hill Publishing Company
Director, Corproate Media Relations
Jason Feuchtwanger
Tom Stanton
Mary Skafidas

Tell McGraw-Hill Publishers: Slavery Did Not End in 1865, Include Modern-Day Slavery in Textbooks.

    1. Sarah Scott
    2. Petition by

      Sarah Scott

      Washington, DC

Students throughout the United States are still being taught that slavery ended in 1865, and McGraw-Hill Publishing Company produces textbooks and online educational materials that contain this false information (see examples linked below). While the Emancipation Proclamation was in fact a notable act of anti-slavery, the year of 1865 did not actually mark the end of slavery. Also contemporarily referred to as modern slavery or human trafficking, slavery continues to be pervasive across the United States and internationally, and it exists today just as it did centuries ago. In fact, according to the United States Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report (2011) and leading NGOs represented on End Slavery Now, the current number of slaves can exceed upwards of 25 million. Thus, elementary and high school students are being taught erroneous information regarding a significant topic that is still alive in the present day. 

As a leading publishing company of educational materials, McGraw-Hill must diligently make alterations to current and imminent textbook publications so that our future generations can be educated on accurate historical and modern-day events. Slavery is not just a topic of the past, nor has it ever truly been abolished; slavery still exists and must be taught as such. Education is the first step to eradicating slavery once and for all.

United States Adventures in Time and Place

Social Studies Online

World Issues

Social Studies World History - pg. 124-131

McGraw-Hill Praxis Tests - pg. 206


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 30,000 signatures
    2. Take Action - Report a Tip

      Sarah Scott
      Petition Organizer

      To report a trafficking tip, receive general information about human trafficking, or to link up with anti-trafficking organizations nearest you, contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center: 1.888.3737.888. The NHTRC is open 24/7/365.

    3. Reached 10,000 signatures
    4. Anti-Trafficking Tools for Businesses

      Sarah Scott
      Petition Organizer

      No matter what sort of business you might work for or own, you may experience labor trafficking amidst the supply chains. Make sure your company is abreast of anti-trafficking information and toolsets, so that we can holistically combat slavery.

    5. Reached 8,000 signatures
    6. Resources for Anti-Trafficking Work

      Sarah Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Want to learn more about the anti-trafficking movement? Need to access research on modern slavery? Want to find volunteer or career opportunities? Whatever your interests or needs, there are a plethora of resources at endslaverynow.com.

    7. Reached 7,000 signatures
    8. How You Can Help Fight Slavery

      Sarah Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Looking for ways to get involved in the fight against slavery? There are options for everyone. Click the link to learn more. Together, we can end slavery now.

    9. Reached 5,000 signatures
    10. Past the 4,500 mark

      Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      More than 4,500 people have now signed Sarah Scott's petition calling on McGraw-Hill to clarify in its textbooks that modern-day slavery still exists. Keep signing and sharing!

    11. Reached 4,000 signatures
    12. Join the NEW Underground Railroad. Together We Can End Slavery Now.

      Sarah Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Slavery did not end in 1865. Slavery still exists. Join the movement to End Slavery Now.

    13. Reached 3,000 signatures
    14. Great Op-Ed by Tina Frundt!

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Tina Frundt -- mom, survivor, advocate -- wrote a great op-ed in support of this campaign. Check it out!

    15. Reached 1,000 signatures
    16. Slavery in the Modern Age

      Sarah Scott
      Petition Organizer

      "...no human being should be enslaved." Yet, slavery still exists today; it did not end in the 1800s. Awareness of this global issue must be taught to everyone. Join the fight - End Slavery Now: http://www.endslaverynow.com/

    17. Reached 250 signatures
    18. Links to Textbook Pages and Online Educational Resources

      Sarah Scott
      Petition Organizer

      View the linked examples located within the petition to obtain visual support regarding the nature of this campaign: Include modern slavery in current educational materials and stop teaching students that slavery ended in 1865. Slavery still exists.

    19. Washington State Task Force Against the Trafficking of Persons - Page 3

      Sarah Scott
      Petition Organizer

      *See page 3*
      Despite abolitionist efforts made in the 1860s, slavery still exists today on an international scale. Modern slavery, or human trafficking, must be included in US textbooks published by McGraw-Hill so that we can End Slavery Now.

    20. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • devon nissen VANCOUVER, WA
      • 12 days ago

      Slavery and human-trafficking is alive and well today, why isn't this included in our history books?

    • eleanor glorioso BEAVERTON, OR
      • 13 days ago

      I have seen it in Oregon where shanty towns house immigrant workers while working in the fields picking various produce....for little $.....just like the cotton days....Also people are disappeared , just look at the milk carton asking for help.Slavery and human trafficking are very real and in the news more and more.We need to do something now!

    • Anjelica D'Emilio QUEENS VILLAGE, NY
      • 14 days ago

      I've been reading and studying aspects that Modern Day Slavery can take today. I know that slavery still exists, and to be honest it will always. It may be different, it may have evolved, but it is still there. Slavery takes different shapes. Therefore, we must educate those who are ignorant or simply naivee.

    • Skyler Sinclair SULPHUR SPRINGS, TX
      • 14 days ago

      Sex Slavery needs light shed on it. If more people were aware, maybe we could make a bigger step in stopping it completely.

      • 15 days ago

      Slavery of all kinds never ended, just moved on; back into the shadows


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