One of you recommended this radio documentary on the Kanawha County text book riots of 1974. I just finished listening to it and found it very interesting, despite its public radio “shape of earth, views differ” viewpoint (which isn’t inappropriate throughout but certainly is when it equates “condescension” with school bombings).
If you’ve got time and haven’t listened to it before, I recommend it. There’s a lot there — the origins of contemporary curriculum fights (which we see now reaching their horrible conclusion in Texas), the birth of the Heritage Foundation, and other fun stuff.
One thing I’m always struck by when reading news from this era is the amount of right-wing terrorism that went on. I don’t know why the Joe Kleins of the world remember the Weathermen so well when they’ve forgotten all about Bombingham.