Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, Revised and Updated Edition

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, Revised and Updated Edition

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by James W. Loewen
     
 


Since its first publication in 1995, Lies My Teacher Told Me has gone on to win an American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship, and has sold over a million copies in its various editions.

What started out as a survey of the twelve leading American history textbooks has ended up being what the San

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Since its first publication in 1995, Lies My Teacher Told Me has gone on to win an American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship, and has sold over a million copies in its various editions.

What started out as a survey of the twelve leading American history textbooks has ended up being what the San Francisco Chronicle calls "an extremely convincing plea for truth in education." In Lies My Teacher Told Me, James W. Loewen brings history alive in all its complexity and ambiguity. Beginning with pre-Columbian history and ranging over characters and events as diverse as Reconstruction, Helen Keller, the first Thanksgiving, and the My Lai massacre, Loewen offers an eye-opening critique of existing textbooks, and a wonderful retelling of American history as it should—and could—be taught to American students.

This new edition also features a handsome new cover and a new introduction by the author.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595583260
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
03/31/2008
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
444
Sales rank:
192,205
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 8.54(h) x 1.35(d)

Table of Contents


CONTENTS

Introduction to the Second Edition xi

Introduction: Something Has Gone Very Wrong 1

1 Handicapped by History: The Process of Hero- making 11

2 1493: The True Importance of Christopher Columbus 31

3 The Truth About the First Thanksgiving 70

4 Red Eyes 93

5 “Gone With the Wind”: The Invisibility of Racism in
American History Textbooks 135

6 John Brown and Abraham Lincoln: The Invisibility of Antiracism
in American History Textbooks 172

7 The Land of Opportunity 204

8 Watching Big Brother: What Textbooks Teach About
the Federal Government 219

9 See No Evil: Choosing Not to Look at the War in Vietnam 244

10 Down the Memory Hole: The Disappearance of the
Recent Past 259

11 Progress Is Our Most Important Product 280

12 Why Is History Taught Like This? 301

13 What Is the Result of Teaching History Like This? 340

Afterword: The Future Lies Ahead—and What to Do
About Them 355

Notes 363
Appendix 435
Index 437

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