War in Kanawha County: School Textbook Protest in West Virginia in 1974

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Though the war has long since ended in Kanawha County, the controversial curriculum continues to cause conflict across the country today. The Constitution of the United States Fundamentals of Pathology - Pathoma History High School Hardcover Textbooks.

This violent clash over textbooks in West Virginia prepped the nation for a New Right movement

K anawha County is home to Charleston, the capital of West Virginia and its largest city. From there, a new dimension was added to the controversy: Nine thousand children were kept home.

The Kanawha County Textbook Controversy

Still it strengthened the impression that working-class rural whites were on principle opposed to the textbooks, which had the effect of a self-fulfilling prophesy. When protesters assembled in public, it was clear that rural cultural identification was key to the way they understood the controversy and their place in it. Middle-class Christians echoed this sense of grievance: The demonstrations continued for months, and featured a diverse cast of protesters. Still others were simply racists, primarily angry about the multicultural mandate.

In the late fall, things turned violent. Chapter 4 Trials and Tribulations.

This violent 1974 clash over textbooks in West Virginia prepped the nation for a New Right movement

Chapter 5 Court Order Cripples Protest. Chapter 6 The Calm before the Storm. Chapter 19 The Alliance Struggles On. Chapter 20 The Alliances Slate. Chapter 21 School Board Bombed.


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Chapter 22 Failed Plans. Chapter 23 Interview with CBS. Chapter 24 The Old Irishman.

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Chapter 26 Strange Happenings. Chapter 8 The Die Is Cast.

Chapter 9 Meeting at Watt Powell Ballpark. Chapter 10 Three Leaders.

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