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Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Lies My Teacher Told Me for
exposing the lies we are told so we will "feel good" about America.
Our leaders don't want us to be told the truth because then
people would insist on changing the way things are.

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

Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen (1995) - 372 pages
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High School Students hate history. When they list their favorite subjects, history always comes in last. They consider it "the most irrelevant" of twenty-one school subjects; "bo-o-o-oring" is the adjective most often applied.

James Loewen spent two years at the Smithsonian Institution surveying twelve leading high school textbooks of American history. What he found was an embarrassing amalgam of bland optimism, blind patriotism, and misinformation pure and simple, weighing in at an average of four-and-a-half pounds and 888 pages.

In response he has written Lies My Teacher Told Me, in part a telling critique of existing textbooks but, more importantly, a wonderful retelling of American history as it should - and could - be taught to American students.

Beginning with pre-Columbian American history and ranging over characters and events as diverse as Reconstruction, Helen Keller, the first Thanksgiving, and the My Lai massacre, Loewen supplies the conflict, suspense, unresolved drama, and connection with current-day issues so appallingly missing from textbook accounts.

A treat to read and a serious critique of American education, Lies My Teacher Told Me is for anyone who has ever fallen asleep in history class.

This updated and revised edition of the American Book Award-winner and national bestseller revitalizes the truth of America’s history, explores how myths continue to be perpetrated, and includes a new chapter on 9/11 and the Iraq War.

Americans have lost touch with their history, and in Lies My Teacher Told Me Professor James Loewen shows why. After surveying eighteen 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 this revised edition, packed with updated material, Loewen explores how historical myths continue to be perpetuated in today's climate and adds an eye-opening chapter on the lies surrounding 9/11 and the Iraq War. From the truth about Columbus's historic voyages to an honest evaluation of our national leaders, Loewen revives our history, restoring the vitality and relevance it truly possesses.

Thought provoking, nonpartisan, and often shocking, Loewen unveils the real America in this iconoclastic classic beloved by high school teachers, history buffs, and enlightened citizens across the country.

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

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Lies My Teacher Told Me for
exposing the lies we are told so we will "feel good" about America.
Our leaders don't want us to be told the truth because then
people would insist on changing the way things are.