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Lies my teacher told me : everything American history textbooks get wrong / James W. Loewen ; adapted by Rebecca Stefoff.

Loewen, James W., author. (Author). Stefoff, Rebecca, 1951- author. (Added Author). Loewen, James W. Adaptation of (work): Lies my teacher told me. (Added Author).
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  • 2 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Breckenridge Public Library J 973 LOE (Text) 33500013086962 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library J 973 LOE (Text) 33500013086954 New Checked out 09/06/2019
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781620974698
  • ISBN: 162097469X
  • Physical Description: xviii, 282 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
  • Edition: Young readers' edition.
  • Publisher: New York : The New Press, 2019.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: 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.
Target Audience Note: Ages 12-18.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 May #1
    "Don't know much about history," starts Sam Cooke's 1960s hit. In Stefoff's YA adaptation of Loewen's adult best-seller, updated with information to 2019, teens are introduced to a problematic lack of history knowledge and critical-thinking skills in today's students. After analyzing well-known textbooks, Loewen identifies them as the main cause of the deficit. Using Helen Keller and Woodrow Wilson as examples, the opening chapter pinpoints the root problem: heroification, in which ideals and archetypes prevail over an individual's nuanced life and effect on history. From here, the author takes readers through several commonly studied subjects in history, including Christopher Columbus, European settlers and their impact on Native Americans, slavery and the Civil War, the civil rights movement, and the Vietnam War. In the process of comparing textbooks' shallow, vague, and even incorrect descriptions with more accurate scholarship, he raises such issues as racial bias, Eurocentrism, American exceptionalism, and what these texts leave out. Loewen also stresses throughout that by avoiding controversy, textbooks never prepare students for the future. Evocative and thought-provoking, this is what history should be. Grades 7-12. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

James W. Loewen is the bestselling and award-winning author of Lies My Teacher Told Me, Lies Across America, Lies My Teacher Told Me About Christopher Columbus, Sundown Towns, and Lies My Teacher Told Me: Young Readers’ Edition (all from The New Press). He also wrote Teaching What Really Happened and The Mississippi Chinese: Between Black and White and edited The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader. He has won the American Book Award, the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship, the Spirit of America Award from the National Council for the Social Studies, and the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award. Loewen is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Vermont and lives in Washington, DC.

Subject: 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.
Historiography.
Indians of North America in textbooks.
Racism in textbooks.
Thanksgiving Day in textbooks.
United States.
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.
Genre: History.
Juvenile works.
Textbooks.
Instructional and educational works.
Adaptations.

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