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The Kanawha County Textbook Controversy

“Shut down the schools!”


During August, the ministers who wanted the books removed launched a campaign to “shut down the schools.” When the school year began on September 3, attendance in Kanawha County was down at least 20 percent as many parents kept their children home either in objection to the books or to protect their children from potential violence. Protesters formed picket lines at many businesses and schools.

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