Ah yes, I remember that. I was lucky. While my 4th grade teacher stuck to the construction paper Thanksgiving and Columbus Day, I had a 5th grade teacher that was more progressive and said, “Forget what the textbook says”, and brought her OWN materials in, and went over Portugal, Spain, and a little about medieval commerce. She was good. Columbus wasn’t portrayed as an “anti-hero” but rather, just a little less special. She also went over Lief Erikson a bit more. Some of the Italian-American members of the class were not happy with her.
Then 6th grade my History book had cavemen with blond hair and clean shaven faces and pale white skin. I showed her, laughing at it.
My mother wrote a letter to the Board of Education to complain.
t’s not that we were devoid of African studies; but it was hit or miss ’til Senior year.