Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
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:
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - VhartPowers - www.librarything.com
I was excited to read this book and was completely let down. The author is just as inaccurate and deceptive with his wording as the history books he tries to refute. That being said did he do this ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - snotbottom - www.librarything.com
I appreciate having someone who is willing to share the whole story, even if it isn't always popular. I may not agree with all of Mr. Loewen's reasons for why our textbooks so often get it wrong, but ... Read full review
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