Lies My Teacher Told Me about Christopher Columbus: What Your History Books Got Wrong

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In Lies My Teacher Told Me About Christopher Columbus, the bestselling author of Lies My Teacher Told Me offers a graphic corrective to the Columbus story told in so many American classrooms. First published over fifteen years ago and long out-of-print, the poster and accompanying paperback book sum up the mis-tellings—and reveal the real story—in a graphically appealing and accessible format.

In vintage Loewen fashion, the poster juxtaposes short quotes from a range of high ...

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Overview


In Lies My Teacher Told Me About Christopher Columbus, the bestselling author of Lies My Teacher Told Me offers a graphic corrective to the Columbus story told in so many American classrooms. First published over fifteen years ago and long out-of-print, the poster and accompanying paperback book sum up the mis-tellings—and reveal the real story—in a graphically appealing and accessible format.

In vintage Loewen fashion, the poster juxtaposes short quotes from a range of high school textbooks currently in use, with excerpts from primary sources that clearly show how textbooks have "lied" by knowingly substituting crowd-pleasing myths for grim and gruesome historical evidence.

In fact, these textbooks intentionally omitted every important detail that we do know about Columbus’s fateful voyage to the Americas. Among countless other facts, Loewen demonstrates that Columbus and his men were far from the first to set foot in the "New World," and that the peoples he encountered there did not submit to the "god-like" authority of him and his crewmen, but rather to the deadly forms of smallpox and bubonic plague they brought with them from Europe.

In concise, deeply engaging prose, Loewen expands on these little-discussed facts, putting them in the larger context of a discussion of "truth" and revisionist history.

Examines the truths and myths surrounding the voyages of Columbus, presenting an alternative history intended to differ from that offered in many school textbooks.

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"A perfect antidote for the nonsense about Columbus conveyed to our children for generations."
—Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States

"Absolutely indispensable for at least the next hundred years. This book is a real Discovery and a real Exploration."
—Ariel Dorfman, Walter Hines Page Chair of Literature and Latin American Studies, Duke University

"Every teacher in America could benefit by reading this fine work."
—Bill Bigelow, Co-Editor, Rethinking Columbus

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565840089
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 15 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Meet the Author


James W. Loewen is the bestselling author of Lies My Teacher Told Me, Lies Across America, and Sundown Towns, all available from The New Press, among many other books and articles. He is a regular contributor to the History Channel’s History magazine. Loewen is a professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Vermont and lives in Washington, D.C.
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