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Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong Paperback – October 16, 2007
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To make his point, Loewen emphasizes the "dark side" of U.S. history, because that's the part that's missing from our education system. So, for example, we never learned that Woodrow Wilson ran one of the most racist administrations in history and helped to set back progress in race relations that had begun after the Civil War. Helen Keller's socialist leanings and political views are omitted and we only learn that she overcame blindness and deafness. John Brown is portrayed as a wild-eyed nut who ran amok until he was caught and hanged, rather than an eloquent and dedicated abolitionist who uttered many of the same words and thoughts that Lincoln later expressed.
Loewen's book vividly illustrates the maxim that "those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it." Ignorance of our real history also renders us incapable of fully understanding the present and coming to grips with the issues of our time. For example, from the Civil War until around 1890, real racial progress was underway in the United States and civil rights laws were Federally enforced in the South. The military was integrated and former slaves had the right to vote, serve on juries and as witnesses in trials, own property and operate businesses.Read more ›
Columbus was almost certainly not the first European to discover or colonize North America. He tortured and mutilated the native population of Haiti and eventually exterminated it by working the inhabitants to death searching for gold. All of these facts are available in the journals of Columbus and his colleagues.Read more ›
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Hogwash. Here is Part of James Loewens critique at History NewsvNetwork . Org
First, let me explain why I keep calling it a "book," complete with quotation... Read more
It is an eyeopener!! Should be required reading for high school seniors!!Published 15 days ago by Mike Whitehead
This is an excellent book that proves the truth of the saying: "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but NOT to their own FACTS! Read morePublished 21 days ago by D. Koch
Boring, polemical! The author's style becomes annoying. He sets up straw men of several history books and then points out the error of their ways. Read morePublished 24 days ago by stephen landau
I enjoy the facts and background present in Lies My Teacher Told Me. However, I feel that the author spends a bit too much time berating the current history textbook authors. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Chris Darling