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In "Can National History Be De-Provincialized? U.S. History Textbook Controversies in the 1940s and 1990s" Historian Thomas Bender argues the relationship between historical education and identity of nationalism, specifically in the United States. He proposes that the controversies experienced are because of several influential factors that hinder, limit, or improve historical pedagogy. These issues are the textbook publishing industry, state-specific curriculum, and partisan within those states and across the nation. Bender addresses three states that hold a considerable amount of power in the scholarly historical textbooks industry. Notably is in Texas, "the adoption process is a high stakes game" and "concentration on the Texas market, which is worth $700 million, means the rest of the country is likely to get the textbooks Texas adopts." This point is crucial because Texas is considered by partisan lead, very conservative compared to California. The process is not led by historical records' truth, but rather a representation

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