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Reader's View: History textbooks have been sanitized

I never thought much of author Mark Twain. Perhaps because he was first a journalist, which means he was part of the media. This White House has taught us about about its inconvenient truths. Twain even wrote his fake news under a fake name. And ...

I never thought much of author Mark Twain. Perhaps because he was first a journalist, which means he was part of the media. This White House has taught us about about its inconvenient truths. Twain even wrote his fake news under a fake name. And who was this Huckleberry Finn fellow? In his naive youthfulness, he certainly flaunted the "original-sin law" of our land to protect his friend Jim. He even accepted the permanence of hellfire. To him, a black life mattered.

Could it be we don't want to teach our children of the way we were? Or have classroom discussions of how far we have come and how much we are leaving for them to do? We have done such a thorough job of sanitizing our American history textbooks. How did we allow this shameful era to slip into our kids' awareness through the English departments?

Dave Wangen

Moose Lake

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