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Lies My Teacher Told Me : Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong - James W. Loewen
Lies My Teacher Told Me : Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
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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... show more
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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780684818863 (0684818868)
ASIN: 684818868
Publisher: Touchstone
Pages no: 383
Edition language: English
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Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
4.0
Probably more interesting if you're from the US, Irish textbooks probably suffer from similar problems.
Ecletic Reader
Ecletic Reader rated it
5.0 Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
Enlightening and interesting at the same time. I did not enjoy high school history despite having an interest in the Civil War. Since high school I've read a number of exceptional works of history (including Battle Cry of Freedom, Antietam, and A People's History of the United States). I had also re...
keltx
keltx rated it
5.0 Lies My Teacher Told Me
Lies My Teacher Told Me A.K.A. Everything I Properly Learned in College History, is an appalling look at the sanitized version of history we teach our children. Now, this book is admittedly before every class had internet access so I hope that our children are a little better educated, but probably ...
nouveau
nouveau rated it
4.0 Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
after reading five of the militarist historian [a:Victor Davis Hanson|15262|Victor Davis Hanson|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1227566672p2/15262.jpg]'s works, it's time for a trip to their other stretch of the ideological spectrum, and so here is James W. Loewen, whose career was in t...
Shelly's Book Journal
Shelly's Book Journal rated it
3.0 Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
I've really got to think about this one before I write it up....
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