Lies My Teacher Told Me : Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
Lies My Teacher Told Me Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong Author:James W. Loewen Winner of the 1996 American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist ScholarshipAmericans 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... more » 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:
The United States dropped three times as many tons of explosives in Vietman as it dropped in all theaters of World War II, including Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Ponce de Leon went to Florida mainly to capture Native Americans as slaves for Hispaniola, not to find the mythical fountain of youth
Woodrow Wilson, known as a progressive leader, was in fact a white supremacist who personally vetoed a clause on racial equality in the Covenant of the League of Nations
The first colony to legalize slavery was not Virginia but Massachusetts
From the truth about Columbus's historic voyages to an honest evaluation of our national leaders, Loewen revives our history, restoring to it the vitality and relevance it truly possesses.« less
The author takes the usual textbooks to task for their omissions and outright lies. He makes the point that having teachers smooth and gloss over what really happened in our country's past not only gives a false sense of past events, but it also leeches out any of the drama of history and creates the disinterest in our classrooms. He takes familiar things, throws in some new information and puts the whole in thing in context. He manages to make history interesting.