Their History, Role, and Importance
The history of textbooks involves debates over their content, production, marketing, and selection. State regulation often tried to govern the often corrupt processes. At the local and state levels, controversies often erupted; Governor Theodore G. Bilbo, for example, wanted the state to publish textbooks. In the 1950s conservatives such as E. Merrill Root and the Daughters of the American Revolution objected to disloyal textbooks
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