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    DescriptionWinner of the 1996 American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship Americans have lost touch with their history, and in this thought-provoking book, Professor James Loewen shows why. After surveying twelve leading high school American history texts, he has concluded that "not one" does a decent job of making history interesting or memorable. Marred by an embarrassing combination of blind patriotism, mindless optimism, sheer misinformation, and outright lies, these books omit almost all the ambiguity, passion, conflict, and drama from our past. In ten powerful chapters, Loewen reveals that: The United States dropped three times as many tons of explosives in Vietman as it dropped in all theaters of World War II, including Hiroshima and Nagasaki Ponce de Leon went to Florida mainly to capture Native Americans as slaves for Hispaniola, not to find the mythical fountain of youth Woodrow Wilson, known as a progressive leader, was in fact a white supremacist who personally vetoed a clause on racial equality in the Covenant of the League of Nations The first colony to legalize slavery was not Virginia but Massachusetts From the truth about Columbus's historic voyages to an honest evaluation of our national leaders, Loewen revives our history, restoring to it the vitality and relevance it truly possesses.


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    Title
    Lies My Teacher Told Me
    Subtitle
    Everything Your American History Text Book Got Wrong
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James W. Loewen
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 464
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 748 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781595583260
    ISBN 10: 1595583262
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    BIC subject category V2: HBJK
    Libri: I-HP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    Ingram Theme: APPR/CLASSA
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: APPR/AWARD
    B&T General Subject: 431
    DC22: 973
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036000
    Abridged Dewey: 973
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: HIS016000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: HIS035000
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: E175.85 .L64 2008
    Edition
    Revised
    Edition statement
    Revised, Updated ed.
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, black & white tables
    Publisher
    The New Press
    Imprint name
    The New Press
    Publication date
    31 July 2008
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    James W. Loewen is the bestselling author of "Lies Across America" and "Sundown Towns" (The New Press), among many other books and articles. He is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Vermont and lives in Washington, D.C.
    Review quote
    "Every teacher, every student of history, every citizen should read this book. It is both a refreshing antidote to what has passed for history in our educational system and a one-volume education in itself." --Howard Zinn