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Initial post: Mar 20, 2012 7:05:36 AM PDT
Susan Wilson says:
does anyone have any interest in what would probably be considered antique textbooks....i have approx 30 to 50 books from the 50's and 60's

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 11:04:34 AM PDT
William Carr says:
I have a Logarithms book from 1906.

I don't see anyone but a collector being interested.

Posted on Mar 26, 2012 7:11:46 AM PDT
Walter Five says:
Look 'em up title by title at ABE Booksellers, most of 'em you'll find you can't give away.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2012 8:17:24 PM PDT
D. J. Unruh says:
Ouch! I almost hit the "Report Abuse" button! : ))

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2012 6:17:34 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 6, 2012 6:18:24 AM PDT
I love the older textbooks to use in my homeschool. Betwen me and my 2 middle schoolers (special needs), my sis 4 ages 10 to 18, and my grown daughter with 4 ages 1 to7 we use all grades and kinds of books. Any reading dick and jane, elementary, middle, highschool? renitah_ at hotmail
Just wonering since we love the older books. History, reading and math never change.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 4:04:29 PM PDT
Liam Phoenix says:
History never changes, but the books sure do.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2012 11:01:28 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 16, 2012 11:23:19 AM PDT
J. Shack says:
Exactly. History is written from the perspective of the society its written in. I had a 1962 World Book set that belonged to my grandparents and the historical entries were much different than you would find in a current book. I don't mean to offend...I have no issues with antique math and reading books, but find it somewhat scary that you would be teaching history from the perspective of 1950s society. Unless you're using it as a sort of comparison to show how perspective changes over time, then it could be quite interesting.

EDIT: I've been thinking about my response and I think I came off a bit harsh. There definately are history books that withstand the test of time. For example, I'm currently reading Churchill's Second World War and its probably as valid today as it was in 1948. But I think for the most part its better to be teaching history using up-to-date books.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 6:24:43 AM PDT
wblakesx says:
I have some tremendous books from the 1930s, !850s-1913. Some deeply trace things skipped over today. Often much deeper and insightful. Some subjects have great ages which are past never to be recovered quite. What were the high arts of the 50's, what the low. There might be afew great books there.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 10:19:12 PM PDT
Liam Phoenix says:
History is history, there are different sides to every story, but the facts do not change.

I've seen some recent books that play up the positives of Chairman Mao while downplaying the atrocities his regime committed. What is written as "history" seems to depend more on politics than on actual events. News is the same way though, there is a chosen narrative and anything that doesn't fit is either ignored or altered to fall in line with what the powers that be (at the time) decide happened.

Watching books change, even over my lifetime, bring to mind the Ministry of Truth more than any faith in recorded history.

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 10:43:05 AM PDT
J. Shack says:
I agree that facts don't change, but society does, along with the way we view those facts. As you point out, its not always a change for the better. I don't think we're quite at the Ministry of Truth level yet...hang on a minute, someone just dropped off a pile of documents marked for the memory hole.
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