Lies My Teacher Told Me

Lies My Teacher Told Me

Everything your American History Textbook Got Wrong

eBook - 2007
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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.
Publisher: New York : The New Press, 2007
Edition: Touchstone trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9781595586537
1595586539
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xix, 444 pages) : illustrations, maps

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In a critique of the traditional approach to US history, Loewen presents a different narrative and explores how certain myths and biases continue to be perpetrated in American education.


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LPL_MollyW Feb 03, 2019

In 1997, when I did a high school project on lies in history, I was fortunate enough to see James Loewen speak. The original 1995 publication of his book "Lies My Teacher Told Me" taught me a critical way of thinking about my education. Last year Loewen published a second edition of this book with a great new preface including how these historical inaccuracies we've grown up with have attributed to certain modern day issues. This is a great read for anyone who would like to reexamine historical events and how they effect our future.

CMLibrary_gjd_0 Nov 13, 2018

Yeah, my copy arrived today. I cannot wait to read this; if we don't know our History, we are doomed to repeat it!

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brangwinn
Sep 27, 2018

REQUIRED READING....particularly if you are student brighter than your high school history teacher and are bored in class. Should be read by educators as well

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jquick99
Dec 25, 2017

I found both this book and Lies Across America to be super boring. I love the concept of these books...something I would really dig...tidbits of history that have now been debunked, or we were just mis-informed or the ole “there’s more to the story”.

But the topics that the author discusses were of zero interest to me. I searched the Table of Contents for something that appealed to me, to draw me in, but nothing. I did start reading some topics, but was bored...the author’s writing style is very dry...dry as a textbook.

I highly do NOT recommend.

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ninigirl
Mar 29, 2017

A must read for anyone that is interested in history. Made me a little angry that I was never taught the truth. Great read.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

For anyone who has questioned the telling of history or done research of their own on the subject, many of Loewen bigger points will be redundant. It is the smaller details—the journals and articles from the people who actually lived through these events—that make this book so shocking. His liberal “white man is bad” tone will anger some. For others it will finally tell history from a unique perspective, one that is infinitely more colorful.

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Al6Hameed
Dec 19, 2015

I have known that the shadow government has been brain-washing the masses since they arrived here long ago. This book explains how they do it. Why do they do it? It is the only way that they can control and manipulate the unsuspecting. Education? Indoctrination is a more appropriate word. Education is when the truth is revealed. There may be some in denial after reading this book. Why? Perhaps reality and their perception may be in conflict. America will be a better place after reading this book.

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Fidelicatessen
Oct 12, 2015

This is one of the few books every American should read. If only high-school history taught us the depth of information and critical thinking that this book is full of, we'd have a more informed, enlightened electorate.

It's all real history, and it's presented by a college history professor in such a way that it's easy and fun to read.

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kesha1123
Aug 19, 2013

Truly worthy read although it too is heavily loaded with biased language. I love that the author presents the good, bad, and ugly of our country's history all the while acknowledging the horrendous injustices or transgressions of our past, present, and future leaders and prominent lay people does not deter from our country's greatness. The truth is worth exploring so past mistakes are avoided. I truly wish we could stop celebrating Chris Columbus; he is such an unworthy hero.

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Mr_Pear
Apr 29, 2013

I saw James Loewen speak at the University of Missouri about a month ago and I though he was a terrific speaker. His writing is very close to the way he lectures, that is, both funny and thought-provoking. I found this book to be equally engrossing. Loewen provides a clear and engaging view of the issues that plague social studies education in the United States and the consequences that manifest themselves as a result. His logic is sound as he is both scathingly critical and patiently empathetic with the students, teachers, administration, parents, and textbook sellers and authors that make up the system. As an ex-middle school social studies teacher myself, I can attest to the deplorable state that the U.S. education system is in. The social sciences suffer heavily within this system because of heroification, misinformation, and logical falicies that will only allow history class to be a bland, boring regurgitation of "facts." I would recommend this book to anybody with an investment or interest in social justice issues or education in the United States.

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