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Lies My Teacher Told Me Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

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ISBN-10: 0743296281

ISBN-13: 9780743296281

Edition: 2007 (Revised)

Authors: James W. Loewen

List price: $17.99
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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 texts, he has concluded thatnot onedoes 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…    
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Book details

List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 10/16/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

Social scientist and professor James Loewen is an outspoken critic of "feel-good" history. In his book "Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American Textbook Got Wrong" (1996) he debunks the myths and exposes the omissions he feels are taught in the nation's high schools. Disturbed by his college students' lack of knowledge of history and concerned about minority misconceptions, Loewen spent two years at the Smithsonian analyzing 12 leading history texts and 11 years writing this best-selling indictment of history teaching. Loewen believes that controversy has been removed from classrooms in favor of blind patriotism. "Any history book that celebrates, rather than examines, our…    

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Something Has Gone Very Wrong
Handicapped by History: The Process of Hero-making
1493: The True Importance of Christopher Columbus
The Truth about the First Thanksgiving
Red Eyes
""Gone with the Wind"": The Invisibility of Racism in American History Textbooks
John Brown and Abraham Lincoln: The Invisibility of Antiracism in American History Textbooks
The Land of Opportunity
Watching Big Brother: What Textbooks Teach about the Federal Government
Down the Memory H