Lies Across America What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong

ISBN-10: 074329629X

ISBN-13: 9780743296298

Edition: N/A

Authors: James W. Loewen

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In Lies Across America, James W. Loewen continues his mission, begun in the award-winningLies My Teacher Told Me, of overturning the myths and misinformation that too often pass for American history.Lies Across Americais 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 one hundred entries, drawn from every state, 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 Thomas Jefferson's writings to present this conflicted slaveowner as an outright abolitionist. Abraham Lincoln had been dead for thirty years when his birthplace cabin was built! Lies Across Americais a reality check for anyone who has ever sought to learn about America through our public sites and markers. Entertaining and enlightening, it is destined to change the way we see our country.
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List price: $17.99
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 10/16/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
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 heritage has the by-product, intended or not, of alienating all those in the 'out group', those who have not become affluent, and denies them a tool for understanding their own group's lack of success." Loewen's other books include ""Mississippi: Conflict and Change" (1974, rev. 1980), a revisionist history of the state written with a coalition of students and faculty at Tougaloo College, Mississippi; "Mississippi Chinese: Between Black and White" (1971), a study of this minority's role in society; "Social Science in the Courtroom" (1983), based on the author's experiences as an expert witness in civil rights cases and "The Truth About Columbus: A Subversively True Poster Book For A Dubiously Celebratory Occasion" (1992). In addition, the author is a frequent contributor to professional publications, sometimes under the pseudonym James Lyons. James W. Loewen was born February 6, 1942 in Decatur, Illinois and was educated at Carleton College (B.A., 1964) and Harvard University (M.A, 1967; Ph.D., 1968). He was a sociologist and teacher specializing in race relations at Tougaloo College, Mississippi from 1968 to 1974.

In What Ways Were We Warped?
Some Functions of Public History
The Sociology of Historic Sites
Historic Sites Are Always a Tale of Two Eras
Hieratic Scale in Historic Monuments
The Far West
Alaska Denali (Mt. McKinley):The Tallest Mountain -- The Silliest Naming
HawaiiHonolulu:King Kamehameha I, TheRoman!
CaliforniaSacramento:The Flat Earth Myth on the West Coast
CaliforniaSacramento:Exploiting vs. Exterminating the Natives
CaliforniaSan Francisco:China Beach Leaves Out the Bad Parts
CaliforniaDownieville:Killing a Man Is Not News
OregonLa Grande:Don't "Discover" 'Til You See the Eyes of the Whites!
WashingtonCowlitz County:No Communists Here!
WashingtonCentralia:Using Nationalism to Redefine a Troublesome Statue
NevadaHickison Summit:What We Know and What We Don't Know About Rock Art
NevadaNye County:Don't Criticize Big BrotherThe Mountains
IdahoAlmo:Circle the Wagons, Boys -- It's Tourist Season
UtahNorth of St. George:Bad Things Happen in the Passive Voice
ArizonaNavajo Reservation:Calling Native Americans Bad Names
MontanaHelena:No Confederate Dead? No Problem! Invent Them!
WyomingSouth Pass City:A WomanShouldaDone It!
ColoradoPagosa Springs:Tall Tales in the West
ColoradoLeadville:Licking the Corporate Hand That Feeds You
New MexicoAlcalde:The Footloose StatueThe Great Plains
OklahomaOklahoma City:The Oklahoma State History Museum Confederate Room Tells No History
KansasGardner:Which Came First, Wilderness or Civilization?
NebraskaRed Cloud:No Lesbians on the Landscape
South DakotaBrookings:American Indians Only Roved for About a Hundred Years
North DakotaDevils Lake:The Devil Is Winning, Six to OneThe Midwest
MinnesotaSt. Paul:"Serving the Cause of Humanity"
IowaMuscatine:Red Men Only -- No Indians Allowed
MissouriHannibal:Domesticating Mark Twain
WisconsinRacine:Not the First Auto
IllinoisChicago:America's Most Toppled Monument
IndianaGraysville:Coming into Indiana Minus a Body Part
IndianaIndianapolis:The Invisible Empire Remains Invisible
KentuckyLexington:Putting the He in Hero
KentuckyHodgenville:Abraham Lincoln's Birthplace Cabin -- Built Thirty Years after His Death!
MichiganDearborn:Honoring a Segregationist
OhioDelaware:Who Menaced Whom?The South
TexasGainesville:"No Nation Rose So White and Fair; None Fell So Free of Crime"
TexasAlba:The Only Honest Sundown Town in the United States
TexasPittsburg:It Never Got Off the Ground
TexasFredericksburg:The Real War Will Never Get into the War Museums
TexasGalveston:This Building Used to Be a Hardware Store
ArkansasGrant County:Which Came First, the Statue or the Oppression?
ArkansasLittle Rock:Men Make History; Women Make Wives
LouisianaLaplace:Suppressing a Slave Revolt for the Second Time
LouisianaColfax:Mystifying the Colfax Riot and Lying About Reconstruction
LouisianaNew Orleans:The White League Begins to Take a Beating
LouisianaBaton Rouge:The Toppled "Darky"
LouisianaFort Jackson:Let Us Now Praise Famous Thieves
MississippiHazlehurst:The End of Reconstruction
MississippiItta Bena:A Black College Celebrates White Racists
AlabamaCalhoun County:If Russia Can Do It, Why Can't We?
AlabamaTuscumbia:Confining Helen Keller Under House Arrest
AlabamaScottsboro:Famous Everywhere but at Home
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