Some of the most surprising changes are these:
- The elimination of the word "capitalism" in favor of "free-enterprise system" because of the latter's more positive connotations.
- A plank on the internment of Italians and Germans during the war (however small their comparative numbers) "to dispel the notion that the internment of Japanese-Americans was motivated by racism."
- The elimination of Thomas Jefferson from a section on "thinkers who inspired 18th and 19th Century revolutions" -- in favor of St. Thomas Aquinas and John Calvin -- mostly because of Jefferson's phrase "separation of church and state," which members of the religious right have long opposed.
- An amendment saying students should study “the unintended consequences” of the Great Society legislation, affirmative action and Title IX legislation.
- Insistence that students study evidence confirming suspicion of communist infiltration into the U.S. in order to tamp down on criticism of the McCarthy Era excesses.
- The insistence on adding information on the Black Panther party to "highlight violent civil rights leaders" in addition to the non-violent Dr. King.
- The refusal to add any new biographical information on significant Latino contributions to U.S. History.