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The Kanawha County Textbook Controversy

Alice Moore’s Guidelines


Several weeks after the board meeting, the protesters won a victory when the board adopted Moore’s proposed guidelines for selecting future textbooks. These guidelines barred texts that pry into home life; teach racial hatred; undermine religious, ethnic, or racial groups; encourage sedition; insult patriotism; teach that an alien form of government is acceptable; use the name of God in vain; or use offensive language. As a result of her efforts, Moore became an iconic figure to the Religious Right.

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