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The Kanawha County Textbook Controversy

Support for the Books


Although less visible in public, many residents of Kanawha County supported the new textbooks. In particular, many teachers felt that important decisions about classroom instruction—namely curriculum development and textbook selection—should be left in the hands of educators. One of the most strident textbook supporters was the Rev. Jim Lewis (pictured) of Charleston’s St. John’s Episcopal Church. He became the public face of the pro-textbook side.

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