Lies my teacher told me : everything American history textbooks get wrong /Material type: BookPublisher: New York : The New Press, 2019.Edition: Young readers' edition.Description: xviii, 282 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781620974698; 162097469X.Subject(s): United States -- History -- Textbooks -- Juvenile literature | United States -- Historiography -- Juvenile literature | Indians of North America in textbooks -- Juvenile literature | Thanksgiving Day in textbooks -- Juvenile literature | Racism in textbooks -- Juvenile literature
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
Lies My Teacher Told Me is one of the most important and successful American history books of our time. Now Rebecca Stefoff turns Loewen's beloved work into Lies My Teacher Told Me for Young Readers. Beginning with pre-Columbian American history and then covering characters and events as diverse as Helen Keller, the first Thanksgiving, the My Lai massacre, 9/11, and the Iraq War, Loewen's lively, provocative telling of American history is a 'counter-textbook that retells the story of the American past' (The Nation). Readers will welcome and value its honesty, its humour, and its integrity.
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.
Table of contents provided by Syndetics
- Introduction: Why I Wrote This Book-And Other Questions Answered (p. ix)
- List Of Textbooks Studied (p. xvii)
- 1 The Problem With Making Heroes (p. 1)
- 2 What Did Columbus Really Do? (p. 17)
- 3 The Truth About The First Thanksgiving (p. 45)
- 4 Through Red Eyes (p. 68)
- 5 Invisible Racism (p. 99)
- 6 John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, And Invisible Idealism (p. 127)
- 7 The Land Of Opportunity (p. 151)
- 8 Keeping An Eye On The Government (p. 160)
- 9 Seeing No Evil In Vietnam (p. 178)
- 10 The Disappearance Of The Recent Past (p. 192)
- 11 History And The Future (p. 206)
- 12 Does This Way Of Teaching History Work? (p. 225)
- Afterword: The Future Lies Ahead-And What To Do About Them (p. 237)
- Notes (p. 247)
- Index (p. 269)