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

James W. Loewen, Author New Press $27.95 (384p) ISBN 978-1-56584-100-0
Loewen's politically correct critique of 12 American history textbooks-including The American Pageant by Thomas A. Bailey and David M. Kennedy; and Triumph of the American Nation by Paul Lewis Todd and Merle Curti-is sure to please liberals and infuriate conservatives. In condemning the way history is taught, he indicts everyone involved in the enterprise: authors, publishers, adoption committees, parents and teachers. Loewen (Mississippi: Conflict and Change) argues that the bland, Eurocentric treatment of history bores most elementary and high school students, who also find it irrelevant to their lives. To make learning more compelling, Loewen urges authors, publishers and teachers to highlight the drama inherent in history by presenting students with different viewpoints and stressing that history is an ongoing process, not merely a collection of-often misleading-factoids. Readers interested in history, whether liberal or conservative, professional or layperson, will find food for thought here. Illustrated. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 07/31/1995
Release date: 08/01/1995
Genre: Nonfiction
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