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We Are the People Voices from the Other Side of American History

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ISBN-10: 1560255056

ISBN-13: 9781560255055

Edition: 2003

Authors: Clint Willis, James W. Loewen, Nathaniel May

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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Da Capo Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/28/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" 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.

Introduction
from Address to President Monroe
A California Law for the Government and Protection of the Indians
Sand Creek Massacre
from An Indian's Views of Indian Affairs
from Indeh: An Apache Odyssey
from Back on the War Ponies
from Land of the Spotted Eagle
from Whose History Do We Celebrate?
Transcript from a Class Action Suit Against the U.S. Government
from the Life of Olaudah Equiano
from The Narrative of William W. Brown, A Fugitive Slave
from a July 4, 1852 Speech
from Up from Slavery
from Address to the Massachusetts Peace Society
from The Record of a Quaker Conscience
My Country Right or Wrong
from The Great Divide
from Peacework
Senate Speech
Dispatch from Rafah, Occupied Palestine
Legal Disabilities of Women
Speech on Women's Rights
Demanding Full Equality
Do You Know the Facts About Marriage?
Principles
We Do Abortions Here
from Lies My Teacher Told Me
The 1920 Strike
from Hard Times
Dearborn Massacre
from Nickel and Dimed
Can My Mommy Have Her Paycheck?
The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain
Non-Violence vs. Jim Crow
Adventures in Dining
Interview with Jo Ann Robinson from Eyes on the Prize
from Coming of Age in Mississippi
The View from the Front of the Bus
Prime Time
from Hard Times
from The Harvest Gypsies
from Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
from Nickel and Dimed
How the Other Half Still Lives
Testimony Before House Un-American Activities Committee
Declaration of Conscience
Sunday A16
The Silencing of Gideon's Trumpet
State of the Union
Acknowledgments
Permissions
Bibliography
Index