Lies My Teacher Told Me — James W. Loewen | C-Span | Information Clearing House

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Lies My Teacher Told Me:

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Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong is a 1995 book by sociologist James W. Loewen. It critically examines twelve American history textbooks and concludes that textbook authors propagate factually false, Eurocentric, and mythologized views of history.

Posted July 09, 2016

In Lies My Teacher Told Me, Loewen criticizes modern American history textbooks for containing incorrect information about people and events such as Christopher Columbus, the lies and inaccuracies in the history books regarding the dealings between the Europeans and the Native Americans, and their often deceptive and inaccurate teachings told about America’s commerce in slavery. He further criticizes the texts for a tendency to avoid controversy and for their “bland” and simplistic style.

He proposes that when American history textbooks elevate American historical figures to the status of heroes, they unintentionally give students the impression that these figures are…

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