Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen
Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

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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.

About James W. Loewen

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James W. Loewen James W. Loewen is professor of sociology at the University of Vermont. He is coauthor of the first integrated state-history textbook, Mississippi: Conflict and Change, and creator of The Truth About Columbus: A Subversively True Poster Book for a Dubiously Celebratory Occasion.
Published April 8, 2008 by New Press, The. 466 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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Loewen's Lies My Teacher Told Me sheds some new light on American history – and how high school textbooks are getting it wrong.

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