Barron’s responds to the reported content issues found in Barron’s AP European History
FOR IMMEDIATE ELEASE
Hauppauge, NY (March 10, 2015) –
It has been brought to our attention that Barron’s AP European History, 7th Edition by Seth Roberts and James Eder contains erroneous information that casts aspersions on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
In an attempt to draw a comparison between current-day politics in the U.S. and the French National Assembly during the French Revolution, the diagram on page 168 equates Clarence Thomas with the KKK, while labeling him as a “reactionary and/or fascist.” This was an unintentional error on the part of the authors and Barron’s for which we sincerely apologize. By way of an explanation, in the course of formatting the book, the diagram was condensed to fit on a single page. In so doing, some information was dropped and other information was combined, which changed the original meaning of the diagram.
Barron’s has decided to immediately halt all shipments of this title and to destroy our remaining copies in stock. We will also replace the diagram in question in a future reprint.
It was never our intention to malign Justice Thomas, nor to become embroiled in the right vs. left politics of the day. For more than 70 years, our mission at Barron’s has been to provide students with the highest quality test prep and study guides available, and our constant aim is to publish accurate and timely information that reflects the needs of today’s students.
The Staff of Barron's Educational Series