Texas history curriculum to emphasize that slavery played 'central role' in Civil War

Texas history curriculum to emphasize that slavery played 'central role' in Civil War

The Texas Board of Education voted Friday to approve several changes to the state’s curriculum, one of which will require history lessons to teach that slavery played a “central role” in starting the Civil War.

Previously, the state’s standards said there were three causes for the Civil War, in order: sectionalism, states’ rights and slavery. The new curriculum will go into effect in the 2019-2020 school year, according to NPR.

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Changes to the curriculum were first proposed in September by Democrats on the board.

"What the use of 'states' rights' is doing is essentially blanketing, or skirting, the real foundational issue, which is slavery," Democratic board member Marisa Perez-Diaz said at a Tuesday board meeting.

Students will now be taught "the central role of the expansion of slavery in causing sectionalism, disagreements over states' rights and the Civil War."

In addition to changing how the way the start of the Civil War is taught, the board approved restoring Hillary Clinton and Hellen Keller to the state’s history curriculum.