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

2 Ratings: 5.0
A book by James W. Loewen

"Every teacher, every student of history, every citizen should read this book. It is both a refreshing antidote to what has passed for history in our educational system and a one-volume education in itself." -- Howard Zinn, author ofA People's History … see full wiki

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Author: James W. Loewen
Genre: History, Nonfiction
Publisher: Touchstone
2 reviews about Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your...
review by . December 10, 2007
This book should be part of the curriculum at every high school in America. Between the "establishment" histories and pop culture, we raise children who are thoroughly misinformed about what really happened in our past. In conjunction with Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present (P.S.) or its "young people's" versions, Loewen's iteration could render history relevant to student's lives. A personal example of Loewen's effect is that his reporting on J.Edgar Hoover's …
review by . November 22, 2007
It's Thanksgiving Day in America, a peaceful celebration I've often felt nostalgic for while living abroad. My usually quarrelsome aunts and uncles were always more gracious on the Dia de Gracias than on other, more materialistic holidays like Christmas.    The account of the "First Thanksgiving" in Dr. Loewen's book is a good deal more plausible, less chauvinistic, and more instructive in real citizenship than the mythic tale in American history textbooks. Much the same can …
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