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Lies My Teacher Told Me

Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

Lies My Teacher Told Me( )
Author: Loewen, James W.
ISBN:978-1-62097-467-4
Publication Date:Jul 2018
Publisher:New Press, The
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $26.99
Book Description:

Since its first publication in 1995, Lies My Teacher Told Me has become one of the most important - and successful - history books of our time, having sold nearly two million copies. 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 events as diverse as the first Thanksgiving, the My Lai massacre, 9/11, and the Iraq War, Loewen offers an eye-opening critique of existing textbooks...
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Book Details
Pages:480
Detailed Subjects: Social Science / Holidays (Non-Religious)
History / United States / General
History / Native American
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6.2 x 9.5 x 1.3 Inches
Book Weight:1.76 Pounds
Author Biography
Loewen, James W. (Author)
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.

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