Wilson Library’s latest special collections exhibit delves 200 years into the past of school textbooks.
“Curriculum and Controversy: Two Centuries of Textbooks in North Carolina,” the library’s free exhibit, focuses on how literature shapes student perception of the past and present.
Linda Jacobson, keeper of the North Carolina Collection Gallery, said she thought of the idea for the exhibit after discovering the multitude of Civil War-era Confederate textbooks in Wilson’s rare books collection.
“As I started looking through other books in the collection, I found it interesting how much of a role politics, gender conflicts and social change have played in the writing, publication and adoption of textbooks during the last 200 years,” she said.
Jacobson said the Confederate textbooks in particular caught her interest.