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This interview is one of a series conducted concerning the Kanawha County textbook controversy of 1974. This interview contains a subject index prepared by the interviewer. Steve Knighton was an educational administrator in Charleston, West Virginia. He discusses: his wife and family; his education (grade school, high school, and college); his employment history; historical information about 1974, which was the time of the Kanawha County textbook controversy; a brief section on his political views; Mary Alice Moore, a board member who objected to the textbooks; the textbooks themselves; the minority population and the desegregation of schools; sex education; some information about school policies that allow parents to remove children from classes they find offensive; motives behind the controversy; books parents found objectionable; the events of the controversy (including strikes, picket lines, and violence); a brief section on multiculturalism; the media reaction to the controversy; some information about the results of the controversy; school policies and Knighton's relationship to the school administration at the time; an outline of school policies about religious holidays; a short section on similar controversies elsewhere and the textbooks publishers' reactions; lessons he learned from the controversy; and other topics.

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Knighton, Steve A., 1949- -- Autobiography.
Education -- West Virginia -- Oral histories.
Teachers -- West Virginia -- Oral histories.
Child rearing -- West Virginia -- Oral histories.
Women's studies -- Oral histories.


Interview is included in the Marshall University Oral History Collection. The index number is OH64-830.


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Oral History Interview: Steve A. Knighton