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Lies My Teacher Told Me: Young Readers’ Edition: Everything American History Textbooks Get Wrong Hardcover – Abridged, April 23, 2019

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up-The original 1995 edition of Lies My Teacher Told Me shocked many readers with its blunt analysis of 12 high school history textbooks. This young reader's edition continues along the same lines, pointing out the fallacies involved when telling adolescents an idealized, incomplete version of U.S. history. Loewen focuses on the following themes: heroification (telling only the positive, exemplary parts about significant figures in American history), the realities of both the Columbus and First Thanksgiving stories, Native/First Nations experiences being ignored or told only from a European perspective, racism, idealism, classism, government ‘perfection,' and the dangers of teaching history without considering its impact on the future. The book covers much of the same material as in the previous editions except with shortened, simpler text. Relevant facts and figures have been updated, as well as references to the current president and administration. VERDICT An important and necessary purchase for all secondary schools who want students to develop a love and appreciation for U.S. ­history while seeing it with clearer eyes.-Heidi Grange, Summit Elementary School, Smithfield, UTα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Praise for Lies My Teacher Told Me: Young Readers' Edition:

Named one of the "Ultimate Guidebooks for LBGTQ+ Youth in 2019" by the Advocate

"LIES MY TEACHER TOLD ME: YOUNG READERS' EDITION is the perfect gift to help the young historian enthusiast get woke with the facts rather than a fictitious narrative."―The Advocate

"[The book] not only imparts vital history left out of textbooks, it also prepares the next generation to be critical readers of the media."
Rethinking Schools

"Evocative and thought-provoking, this is what history should be."

"Accessible, eye-opening. . . . A cogent argument for studying historical nuances. [Loewen] argues that young people should not be deprived of hearing the incredible truth of American history in service to avoidance of controversy or blinkered, parochial nationalism."
Kirkus Reviews

"Powerful . . . it serves as a crucial counter-textbook to provide a more realistic and critical narrative about the American past."

"Here is a call to action that will have students furiously turning the pages and inspire them to question everything. Young people: Read this book, and then talk back to your history teacher!"
Jesse Hagopian, co-editor of Teaching for Black Lives and high school history teacher

"Lies My Teacher Told Me was a big inspiration to me as a young writer, and I'm excited to see this new young readers' edition. Loewen's fascinating book is full of little-known stories, debunked myths, provocative ideas―and, best of all, it challenges readers to think for themselves!"
Steve Sheinkin, author of Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War

"The young readers' edition of James Loewen's classic text Lies My Teacher Told Me imparts vital history in a thoroughly engaging way. Countless teachers have tossed their textbooks aside after reading Lies My Teacher Told Me and now younger readers will be able to learn the truth about history, including race, land, the climate, foreign policy, political leadership and much, much more."
Deborah Menkart, executive director, Teaching for Change, and co-director, Zinn Education Project

"True stories―otherwise known as history―need to be told transparently, in all their messy, marvelous, multi-faceted glory. Loewen's Lies tells the truth to young readers, creating a new crop of critical thinkers and active citizens."
Tanya Lee Stone, NAACP Image Award winner and Sibert medalist

"James Loewen's book is a lively and trustworthy guide to what's wrong with the way we teach history, starting with the textbooks we ask our students to read in school. That students find him irresistible is not hard to explain. Loewen himself is forever young at heart: energetic, curious, skeptical, irreverent, and yet deeply idealistic. Artfully adapted for young readers by Rebecca Stefoff, the text has not been dumbed down one bit."
James Goodman, professor of history at Rutgers University, Newark, and Pulitzer Prize finalist

Product details

  • Grade level : 7 - 12
  • Item Weight : 1 pounds
  • Hardcover : 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 162097469X
  • Dimensions : 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1620974698
  • Publisher : The New Press; Adapted edition (April 23, 2019)
  • Reading level : 12 - 17 years
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
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