Education: Mississippi Mud

"All of us ought to be against anything in our textbooks that would teach subversion or integration," cried fiery Ross Barnett, a white supremacist who happens to be Governor of Mississippi. Last week Barnett got a new blunderbuss to crush the forces of darkness: he took over the selection of all public-school textbooks in Mississippi. No other U.S. Governor can boast such power.

Under the old (and typically American) system, Mississippi's state superintendent of education appointed committees of teachers to recommend books to local school boards. But the system seemed perilous to the Daughters of the American Revolution, who found the...

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