California and Texas: Same textbooks, different history lessons

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Both California and Texas have tens of millions of residents (who are mostly minorities), booming economies, and the large markets for textbook publishers. 

But one’s a blue state, and the other is red. Because of that, each state’s politics affects social studies curriculum across the country.

Journalist Dana Goldstein spent months poring over dozens of middle and high school history textbooks to find out how they’re shaped by partisan politics.