Lies My Teacher Told Me

Lies My Teacher Told Me

Everything your American History Textbook Got Wrong

eBook - 2018
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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, the book also won an American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship and was heralded on the front page of the New York Times in the summer of 2006. For this new edition, Loewen has added a new preface that shows how inadequate history courses in high school help produce adult Americans who think Donald Trump can solve their problems, and calls out academic historians for abandoning the concept of truth in a misguided effort to be "objective." 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, the My Lai massacre, 9/11, and the Iraq War, 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.
Publisher: New York : The New Press, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781620974551
Characteristics: 1 online resource : illustrations
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Jan 21, 2021

WOW - we know that we were taught wrong but we are still sending students down the wrong path from the beginning and wondering why they grow up confused. Gives us the reasons this keep happening and it needs to be fixed. Some suggestions but that may require another book.

May 13, 2020

Very good, but it grates on my nerves to hear "Indians" repeated so much. Like dang it, this book isn't bad, but it's annoying.

May 04, 2020

I agree a "must read." An indictment of history teaching in US high schools. Discussed with my child, who took a local high school AP US History class in 2017. She was able to answer some things with more subtlety, but still bought into some of the whitewashed teaching. Interestingly, when I discussed talk and seeing (in the form of pictures) some of the controversial historical pictures (esp. from the Vietnam War: e.g. My Lai, the girl running naked after a napalm attack), she indicated that we had an obligation to protect the children from "triggers," a recent introduction that makes censorship a good thing. We did not reach an agreement as to when it would be appropriate to discuss the whole story. I was of the opinion that, if you're old enough to be sent to get you tail shot off, you're old enough to know the whole story. Someone who is 17 can't be protected forever.

Feb 22, 2020

This was a great book. I'm glad I came accross it. It is an eye opener and teaches one to look at "facts" more critically.

Yes, grownups will lie to you. They'll tell you George Washington chopped down the cherry tree, and couldn't lie about it, in order to teach you to tell the truth, when the whole story was a lie to begin with! And that's just the start of it! Read the rest here.

May 06, 2019

"It is painful to advert these things. But our forefathers, though wise, pious, and sincere, were nevertheless, in respect to Christian charity, under a cloud; and, in history, truth should be held sacred, at whatever cost... especially against the narrow and futile patriotism, which, instead of pressing forward in pursuit of truth, takes pride in walking backwards to cover the slightest nakedness of our forefathers." Col. Thomas Aspinwall

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 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!

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

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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Dec 19, 2015

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