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Lies My Teacher Told Me:
Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

bookcover features a drawing of a schoolroom blackboard on which the book title is written; on the teacher's desk in front of the blackboard is a can of white paint sitting on top of a U.S. history book. The label on the can says 'WHITE WASH', and a paintbrush lying on top of the can is dripping white paint all over the history book. From the Common Courage Press:

Americans have lost touch with their history, and in this thought-provoking book, Professor James Loewen shows why. After surveying twelve leading high school American history texts, he has concluded that not one does a decent job of making history interesting or memorable.

Marred by an embarrassing combination of blind patriotism, mindless optimism, sheer misinformation, and outright lies, these books omit almost all the ambiguity, passion, conflict, and drama from our past.

In ten powerful chapters, Loewen reveals that:

From the truth about Columbus’s genocidal voyages to an honest evaluation of our national “leaders”, Loewen revives our history, restoring to it the vitality and relevance it truly possesses.

Lies My Teacher Told Me was the winner of “The Before Columbus Foundation / American Book Award” and “The Oliver C. Cox Anti-Racism Award of the American Sociological Association.”

About the Author

James Loewen is Professor of sociology at the University of Vermont. He co-wrote the first integrated state-history textbook, Mississippi: Conflict and Change.

He also created The Truth about Columbus, a subversively true posterbook, which like Lies My Teacher Told Me stemmed from two years of research on American history textbooks at the Smithsonian Institution.

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