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American Radio Works: The Great Textbook War

09/04/10 4:00PM

In the 1970s, the battle for the hearts and minds of America's schoolchildren erupted in violence. School buildings in West Virginia were hit by dynamite and Molotov cocktails, buses were riddled with bullets and surrounding coal mines were shut down by protesting miners. The flashpoint for the explosion was a new set of textbooks. Some parents said the schoolbooks undermined their values.

This Peabody Award-winning documentary, "The Great Textbook War" from American Radio Works, tells the story of an early skirmish in America's culture wars, and examines the divide that persists today over what to teach children in schools.


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