Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Text Book Got WrongHardback
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- Publisher: The New Press
- Format: Hardback | 464 pages
- Dimensions: 157mm x 236mm x 38mm | 748g
- Publication date: 31 July 2008
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1595583262
- ISBN 13: 9781595583260
- Edition: Revised
- Edition statement: Revised, Updated ed.
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, black & white tables
- Sales rank: 238,406
Winner 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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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.
"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