George Washington Book Pulled Because Slaves Happy

A children's picture book about George Washington and his slaves has been pulled by publishers Scholastic.

"A Birthday Cake for George Washington" tells the story of George Washington's slave Hercules, a cook, and his daughter. It had been criticised for its images of smiling slaves, and described as being "highly problematic".

Scholastic said in a statement that without more historical context, the book "may give a false impression of the reality of the lives of slaves".

The book, telling the story of Hercules and Delia making a cake together, had been released on 5 January. It was met with a barrage of one-star reviews on Amazon, with readers describing it as "disgustingly inaccurate", and one writing: "I can't believe people are celebrating a children's story that depicts happy, joyful slaves."

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