World History: Patterns of Interaction

2005, McDougal Littell/Houghton Mifflin, USA

Chapter One

Section One: Origins in Africa

Page 1 shows timelines of human evolution, 3.5 million year old skeletons, and more. But it seems to bend over backwards to avoid saying the "E-word": evolution. In the process, it bends language so out of shape on this page that the ideas it should communicate are unrecognizable. For example, in the first more

Chapter 14

Section 1: Church Reform and The Crusades

Catholic Answers had a pretty good idea of the Catholic Inquisition: “To non-Catholics it is a scandal; to Catholics, an embarrassment; to both, a confusion.” The Inquisition tried to rid Spain of all Jews and Muslims. It then spread across Europe with all the kingdoms killing heretics, anyone who wasn’t "orthodox." This means Christians also killing non-orthodox Christians, Jews, and Muslims. The textbook spends less than a full paragraph on this and uses most of it to define heretic. (page citation needed) If they are only going to talk for a paragraph they should talk about the effects of the Inquisition and how there is still a grudge between Christians and “heretics” today. read more

Chapter 17

European Renaissance and Reformation

Section 3

Teachers Who Could Not Read Nor Write. Ironic Much?
Textbooks are criminals; two of the most common offences are being boring but, more importantly, not giving the full story. read more...

WWII Section:

"Allies" billed by their supposed allies for fighting with them

The states were great to get involved with world war two, weren't they? Without them, the allies might not have won. First of all, the states didn’t get involved until about half way through the more

Chapter 33: The Cold War

Section four: The Cold War divides the world
On page 984, the texbook has a world map called "Cold War Hot Spots." The countries are divided into two parts, "Communist expansion" in red and "Communist expansion prevented by U.S. and allies" in yellow. On the map, it says that the U.S. prevented Communist expansion in Chile in 1973. However, it doesn't mention anything else on the subject, which makes it look to the reader like the United States saved the people of Chile from a brutal totalitarian regime. As it turned out, the truth was far more sinister. read more....
I wasn't surprised to find the textbook only devoted two paragraphs to the civil war in Nicaragua. However, what did surprise me was that, not only were some facts left out about the war, but there were lies about it as well.In short, the writers of the textbook are very vague with their descriptions of the situation and leave the reader with the impression that the Sandinistas were agents for the Soviet Union who caused trouble in Central America on their behalf and were unpopular with their people. Once again, as with Chile, this is a false and misleading description. read more...

Chapter 19: An Age of Exploration and Isolation

Section one: Europeans Explore the East
Here's what the textbook has to say about Da Gamas visit to Calicut (modern-day Kozhikode): "In 1498, he reached the port of Calicut , on the southwestern coast of India. Da Gama and his crew were amazed by the spices, rare silks, and precious gems that filled Calicuts shops. The Portugee sailors filled their ships with such spices as pepper and cinamon and returned to Portugal in 1499. Their cargo was worth sixty times the cost of the voyage. Da Gama's remarkable voyage of 27000 miles had given Portugal a direct sea route to India." While this information may be true, the textbook forgot one more detail that the lecture paper mentioned and I quote: "wreaked vengence on Calicut". I looked into it and this is what I found: read more...