Modern history

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

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

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.

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Something Has Gone Very Wrong

Chapter 1. Handicapped by History: The Process of Hero-making

Chapter 2. 1493: The True Importance of Christopher Columbus

Chapter 3. The Truth about the First Thanksgiving

Chapter 4. Red Eyes

Chapter 5. “Gone with the Wind”: The Invisibility of Racism in...

Chapter 6. John Brown and Abraham Lincoln: The Invisibility of...

Chapter 7. The Land of Opportunity

Chapter 8. Watching Big Brother: What Textbooks Teach about the...

Chapter 9. Down the Memory Hole: The Disappearance of the Recent...

Chapter 10. Progress Is Our Most Important Product

Chapter 11. Why Is History Taught Like This?

Chapter 12. What Is the Result of Teaching History Like This?

Afterword: The Future Lies Ahead and What to Do about Them