BILL MINOR: Texas texts play down the civil rights struggle

JACKSON – Last week’s episode where the Texas Board of Education approved conservative changes to social studies textbooks reminds me of Mississippi’s Ross Barnett and his hilarious “book-burning” binge in the 1960s to root out some textbooks he (or his advisers) considered subversive.

The Texas textbook brouhaha became a national story because it represents a curriculum shift in Texas high schools reflecting a rightward political and philosophical bent. Because Texas is such a huge textbook market, the Texas-driven changes could have a ripple effect across the country, some authorities said.
Bill Minor