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Lies across America : what our historic sites get wrong

Author: James W Loewen
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2000.
Series: Touchstone book.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st Touchstone edView all editions and formats
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"Offers startling revelations about sites we think we know; Valley, Forge, Abraham Lincoln's log cabin, the Intrepid. It also tells of new sites, events, and individuals that should be commemorated on the landscape but are't; a tombstone with a story to tell in Mississippi, a spy in the confederate White House, the unforeseen fallout from the first nuclear missile test, the reverse underground railway, a modern  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Loewen, James W.
Lies across America.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2000
(DLC) 00061215
(OCoLC)44683607
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James W Loewen
ISBN: 9781595586766 1595586768
OCLC Number: 892054466
Notes: "A Touchstone book."
Originally published: New York : New Press, 1999.
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (480 pages) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: 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 ; Hawaii Honolulu: King Kamehameha I, The Roman! ; California Sacramento: The Flat Earth Myth on the West Coast ; California Sacramento: Exploiting vs. Exterminating the Natives ; California San Francisco: China Beach Leaves Out the Bad Parts ; California Downieville: Killing a Man Is Not News ; Oregon La Grande: Don't "Discover" 'Til You See the Eyes of the Whites! ; Washington Cowlitz County: No Communists Here! ; Washington Centralia: Using Nationalism to Redefine a Troublesome Statue ; Nevada Hickison Summit: What We Know and What We Don't Know About Rock Art ; Nevada Nye County: Don't Criticize Big Brother.
Series Title: Touchstone book.
Responsibility: James W. Loewen.
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"Offers startling revelations about sites we think we know; Valley, Forge, Abraham Lincoln's log cabin, the Intrepid. It also tells of new sites, events, and individuals that should be commemorated on the landscape but are't; a tombstone with a story to tell in Mississippi, a spy in the confederate White House, the unforeseen fallout from the first nuclear missile test, the reverse underground railway, a modern "sundown" town (blacks can work there, j but they'd better leave before the sun sets). It asks why, across our landscape, Indians are consistently "savage", tribal names are wrong and derogatory, whites "discover" everything, and the term "massacre" is a one-way street; why war museums have selective memories, guides at FDR's family mansion in Hyde park are "specifically forbidden" to talk about Roosevelt's mistresses, and James Buchanan's house denies that he was gay. It muses about the Civil War mare in Kentucky who got an extra body part, the Polynesian King made to look like a Roman emperor on monuments in Hawaii, and the statue of a conquistador in New Mexico who lost his foot."

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