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Lies Across America: What American Historic Sites Get Wrong - James W. Loewen
Lies Across America: What American Historic Sites Get Wrong
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In Lies Across America, James W. Loewen continues his mission, begun in the award-winning Lies My Teacher Told Me, of overturning the myths and misinformation that too often pass for American history. This is a one-of-a-kind examination of sites all over the country where history is literally... show more
In Lies Across America, James W. Loewen continues his mission, begun in the award-winning Lies My Teacher Told Me, of overturning the myths and misinformation that too often pass for American history. This is a one-of-a-kind examination of sites all over the country where history is literally written on the landscape, including historical markers, monuments, historic houses, forts, and ships. With entries drawn from each of the fifty states, Loewen reveals that: The USS Intrepid, the "feel-good" war museum, celebrates its glorious service in World War II but nowhere mentions the three tours it served in Vietnam. The Jefferson Memorial misquotes from the Declaration of Independence and skews Jefferson's writings to present this conflicted slave owner as a near abolitionist. Abraham Lincoln had been dead for thirty years when his birthplace cabin was built. Lies Across America is a realty check for anyone who has ever sought to learn about America through the nation's public sites and markers. Entertaining and enlightening, it is destined to change the way American readers see their country.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780743296298 (074329629X)
ASIN: 074329629X
Publisher: Touchstone
Pages no: 464
Edition language: English
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Linda Hilton
Linda Hilton rated it
5.0 Reading progress update: I've read 480 out of 480 pages.
The honest historical marker: On this site in 1897, nothing happened. (p. 442). This is the kind of book that needs rereading and reflection over an extended period of time. There is so much to absorb, so much to analyze, that it can't be digested in one sitting or one review. As inaccurate ...
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
I really like what Loewen is doing in his books. Entertaining as well as eye-opening.
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