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Loewen, James W,

Lies my teacher told me : everything American history textbooks get wrong / James W. Loewen ; adapted by Rebecca Stefoff. - Young readers' edition. - xviii, 282 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-267) and index.

Introduction : Why I wrote this book -- and other questions answered -- The problem with making heroes -- What did Columbus really do? -- The truth about the first Thanksgiving -- Through red eyes -- Invisible racism -- John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and invisible idealism -- The land of opportunity -- Keeping an eye on the government -- Seeing no evil in Vietnam -- The disappearance of the recent past -- History and the future -- Does this way of teaching history work? -- Afterword : The future lies ahead -- and what to do about them.

Criticizes the way history is presented in current textbooks, and suggests a fresh and more accurate approach to teaching American history. Loewen examined leading high school American history texts, and concluded that not one does a decent job of making history interesting or memorable. In this edition, adapted for young readers, he helps students develop a deeper understanding of our world. He begins with Native American history, and covers diverse events up to the present day.

Ages 12-18.

9781620974698 162097469X


Indians of North America in textbooks--Juvenile literature.
Thanksgiving Day in textbooks--Juvenile literature.
Racism in textbooks--Juvenile literature.

United States--History--Textbooks--Juvenile literature.
United States--Historiography--Juvenile literature.

E175.85 / .L64 2019