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Truth in Textbooks

April 13, 1993

The editorial "Japan Watch--Truth in Textbooks" (March 19) was apt, but as we are quick to criticize others for revisionism, I wonder about our own commitment to historical accuracy in this country's textbooks.

How many Americans know, for example, who won the fight at Lake of the Woods, the true cause of the Battle of the Alamo, what Stockton, Fremont and Carson were up to in Mexican California or how the Mexican War started and ended? How many know the geography of the Adams-Onis Treaty territory or why it was created?

We're also adept at making ourselves look good.

RICHARD M. LIENAU

Los Angeles

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