INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The president of a group that champions conservative academic causes says Purdue University President Mitch Daniels was right to object to the use of a book by historian and activist Howard Zinn in Indiana classrooms.
Peter Wood of the National Association of Scholars defended Daniels' statements about what was taught in public schools in a string of 2010 emails sent while the Republican was in his second term as Indiana governor.
Daniels wrote that he wanted to ensure Zinn's book wasn't used in Indiana. He also asked advisers for ways to "disqualify the propaganda" he said was being taught to teachers in training at Indiana's colleges after he learned Zinn's book was part of a summer course.
Wood says Zinn's "A People's History of the United States" is "trashy pseudo-history."