pp, 140 -148 in Rethinking Mathematics: Teaching Social Justice by the Numbers
By Bob Peterson
Websites that don’t tell “the truth”
The “student-friendly” websites with information about presidents – such as the White House’s gallery of presidents (http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents) – don’t mention that either Washington or Jefferson enslaved African Americans. Other popular sites with the same glaring lack of information include the National Museum of American History (http://www.americanhistory.si.edu/presidency).
More useful websites include:
Background on which Presidents owned enslaved people
Which Presidents Owned Enslaved People?
(includes a description of which Presidents on US currency notes owned enslaved people)
The number of enslaved people George Washington owned:
How 17 enslaved people escaped from George Washington’s plantation:
Additional resource for helping critique textbooks:
Jefferson and Slavery excerpt from school history textbook and historian James Loewen
Bill of sale for an enslaved person signed by Dolley Madison.