The Burning of the Textbooks

March 1941
New Republic;3/3/41, Vol. 104 Issue 9, p296
Focuses on the result of a survey of un-American attitudes in high-school textbooks in the social sciences conducted by Ralph Robey, who teaches banking at Columbia. Statement of Robey that attitudes are derogatory of the U.S. form of government and critical of free business enterprise; Un-American doctrines given in the textbooks which include information regarding small number of powerful corporations in the U.S. and existence of trusts and monopolies in the country; Criticism of the National Association of Manufactures (NAM), which sponsored the survey, for attacking on the right of citizens for free expression; Pressure which may be applied by local reactionaries and intellectual vigilantes upon any school board that dares buy textbooks that mention the unfinished business of U.S. democracy; Effort made by NAM in the past to introduce its own propaganda into high-school textbooks.


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