The Ongoing Debate Over Textbooks

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Republicans have been altering history textbooks for years and they are not going to stop until the textbooks reflect the history that they believe happened. I am uniquely suited to understand their argument. It makes perfect sense to me. I was – before any of my other major writing endeavors – primarily a memoirist. Most people confuse memoir with autobiography, but memoir is about telling the story as you believe it happened. You, as the author, have to make the call and decide what gets put in and what is left out of a story. In autobiography, the whole story needs to be present. It needs to be as realistic and authentic to your life as possible and cannot omit anything. In memoir you’re telling a story and just like any storyteller you have to make choices. Think of autobiographies as absolute and memoir as relative. A memoirist cannot always…

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