9781595583260

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

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    9781595583260

  • ISBN10:

    1595583262

  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 4/1/2008
  • Publisher: NACSCORP

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Summary

The national bestseller and winner of the American Book Award, thoroughly updated for the first time since its initial publication to include textbooks written since 2000 and featuring a new chapter on what textbooks get wrong about 9/11 and Iraq. Since its initial publication in 1995,Lies My Teacher Told Mehas gone on to win an American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship, and to sell one million copies in its various editions. What started out as a survey of the twelve leading American history textbooks has ended up being what theSan Francisco Chroniclecalls "an extremely convincing plea for truth in education" beginning with the pre-Columbian period and ranging over characters and events as diverse as Reconstruction, Helen Keller, the first Thanksgiving, and the My Lai massacre. In this revised and updated edition, James Loewen surveys six new high school history textbooks written since the first edition ofLieswas published. In his inimitable style, he adds material to each chapter noting where the new books have gotten more accurate and where they are still fatally flawed. Loewen also writes at length about the way these textbooks treat the 2001 terrorist attacks and our "response" in Iraq. In fact, while researching this new edition Loewen made the front page of theNew York Timesin 2006 when he discovered that publishers were passing off as original virtually identical passages on important recent events in a number of history books. And in yet another example of the failure of American history textbooks, he found that "celebrity" historians whose names appear as authors in some cases have never read, let alone written, the texts attributed to them.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Editionp. xi
Introduction: Something Has Gone Very Wrongp. 1
Handicapped by History: The Process of Hero-makingp. 11
1493: The True Importance of Christopher Columbusp. 31
The Truth About the First Thanksgivingp. 70
Red Eyesp. 93
"Gone With the Wind": The Invisibility of Racism in American History Textbooksp. 135
John Brown and Abraham Lincoln: The Invisibility of Antiracism in American History Textbooksp. 172
The Land of Opportunityp. 204
Watching Big Brother: What Textbooks Teach About the Federal Governmentp. 219
See No Evil: Choosing Not to Look at the War in Vietnamp. 244
Down the Memory Hole: The Disappearance of the Recent Pastp. 259
Progress Is Our Most Important Productp. 280
Why Is History Taught Like This?p. 301
What Is the Result of Teaching History Like This?p. 340
Afterword: The Future Lies Ahead-and What to Do About Themp. 355
Notesp. 363
Appendixp. 435
Indexp. 437
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