Education: Objection Sustained

Three Negro students of Queens College (of the College of the City of New York) called on the chairman of the history department, one day last fall, to lodge a protest. A textbook used in the basic U.S. history course, they said, was offensive to their race. The book: Volume I of The Growth of the American Republic, by two of the nation's top historians, Harvard's Samuel Eliot Morison and Columbia's Henry Steele Commager.

Educators regard the Morison-Commager book, now used in more than 500 schools and colleges, as "one of the finest in...