It won't happen immediately, but students in Texas will soon be taught that SLAVERY was the "central cause" of the Civil War, an idea that some Alabamians have fought against forever.
NPR has the story of the change approved by the State Board of Education, which includes eliminating "sectionalism and states' rights" from the list of causes:
"In September, the board's Democrats proposed listing slavery as the only cause.
"What the use of 'states' rights' is doing is essentially blanketing, or skirting, the real foundational issue, which is slavery," Democratic board member Marisa Perez-Diaz, from San Antonio, said at a Tuesday board meeting.
Republican board member David Bradley, from Beaumont, argued for keeping the other causes in the curriculum. He said, "Each state had differences and made individual decisions as to whether or not to join into the conflict, correct? I mean, that's the definition of states' rights."
Should Alabama follow suite?