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But it’s Historical!

Old stuff, textbooks, past events, etc.

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Time Life for Life

The Emergence of Man
The Monument Builders
Time Life

Submitter: This is part of everyone’s collection, unfortunately. The Time-Life Series never die. My library assistant squinted and asked: “Is that Charlton Heston?”

Holly: Every time you weed them, some well-meaning citizen donates their precious set. Just say no!


But It’s Historical!

“Discovery” of North America

Lifestyles of the Ancient Britons

Make History Fun with Cartoons

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Life in the South During the Civil War

Life in the South During the Civil War

Submitter: I found this gem of a book on a shelf in the Juvenile Non-Fiction of our Public Library. There are so many bad things about this book, including that it thankfully never gets checked out. “The Way People Live Series focuses on pockets of human culture. . . .each book. . .attempts to show an honest and compete picture of a culture removed from our own by time or space.” This book is one of the most white-washed books I have ever seen. This book paints a completely different picture of the civil war and slavery than I learned about in school and have read about since. I’ve attached some pictures of passages from the books. There were so many to choose from, I tried to get the ones that really stood above the rest.

Holly: I don’t know about the whole book, but the passages here seem to tell the story of slavery, not the story of life during the Civil War. Does it talk about the war in other passages? Does it talk about black soldiers in the Civil War, or is the war information all from a white perspective too?


More History:

“Discovery” of North America

Cotton and the Spinner

Wigwam and Warpath

Must We Bus

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Why the Chinese Are the Way They Are


Why the Chinese Are the Way They Are
(revised edition) 1973

Submitter: We purchased this book for our high school library in 1974.  It has NEVER ONCE been checked out.  The book was first published in 1968 and in the author’s note he lets us know that a revised edition was necessary in 1973 because of all the new events, so I’m thinking that 40 years later it may have become outdated again.  Besides the negative feeling I get from the title, which makes me feel like there is something wrong with the way they are, and the stereotyping of an entire culture – the societal observations would be quite different today.  But don’t worry – if you do like this book, there are more to choose from:  Don’t forget his titles “Why the Russians Are the Way they Are” and “Why the Japanese Are the Way They Are.”

Holly: I’m sure someone will point out that this is some sort of important work that scholars need access to. They’re probably right. Are high schoolers those scholars? No, they are not. Even the most gifted high school researcher needs to visit a university library or archive for that level of research. It is old, unused, and irrelevant to the audience of the library in which it was found. That’s a hat trick in weeding.


More Culture in the Stacks:

Our Friends in England

Our Jewish Neighbors

Our Exotic Friends in South America

“Real” Eskimos




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