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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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is quite interesting. Have read almost half of it. Good for open minded who like and AND who don't really like history...makes you think about things.Published 2 days ago by Danielle B.
This book exposes many of the myths and misconceptions that Americans believe are true. It also addresses some solutions to the text book driven curriculum, which is an improvement... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Mr. Howe
The book is thought provoking and merits in depth study. The title is accurate, however, another possible title would be Facts my Teacher never told me. Read morePublished 11 days ago by steelersfan
This is a great read & corrects some of the bullsh*t we were taught in high school. Probably a little too liberal for the Fox News crowd. Interesting quotations start each chapter.Published 15 days ago by Patrick Laughlin
Great if somewhat disturbing book. Real history iis nowhere near the glossy picture we get of it in schools. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Eva
Thought provoking book, that challenges typical assumptions about both our common history and the teaching of history to high school students. Textbook sources Dr. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Tomasz