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Lies My Teacher Told Me

Author: James W Loewen; OverDrive, Inc.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : The New Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Since its first publication in 1995, Lies My Teacher Told Me has gone on to win an American Book Award, the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship, and to sell over half 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Textbooks
History
Additional Physical Format: (DLC) 2008273054
(OCoLC)173685165
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James W Loewen; OverDrive, Inc.
ISBN: 9781595586537 1595586539
OCLC Number: 1002089417
Description: 1 online resource
Details: Adobe PDF eBook; Adobe EPUB eBook; Kindle Book; OverDrive Read
Contents: Introduction: Something has gone very wrong --
Handicapped by history : the process of hero-making --
1493 : the true importance of Christopher Columbus --
The truth about the first Thanksgiving --
Red eyes --
"Gone with the wind" : the invisibility of racism in American history textbooks --
John Brown and Abraham Lincoln : the invisibility of antiracism in American history textbooks --
The land of opportunity --
Watching Big Brother : what textbooks teach about the federal government --
See no evil : choosing not to look at the War in Vietnam --
Down the memory hole : the disappearance of the recent past --
Progress is our most important product --
Why is history taught like this? --
What is the result of teaching history like this? --
Afterword: The future lies ahead --
and what to do about them.
Responsibility: James W. Loewen.

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Since its first publication in 1995, Lies My Teacher Told Me has gone on to win an American Book Award, the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship, and to sell over half 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 Mai 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 10th anniversary edition features a handsome new cover and a new introduction by the author.

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