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In the first chapter of Lies My Teacher Told Me, by James Loewen, talks about hero making in textbooks. Loewen begins with two people that textbooks glorify; Helen Keller and Woodrow Wilson. He states textbooks do not talk about how Keller was radical socialist, or how history ignore Wilson’s foreign policy and never mentions how racist a man he was. They rather focus on their accomplishments that put them on a pedestal. He says by doing this textbooks makes students less impressed with these figures. His analysis was helpful because he brings to light one of the reasons why students do not connect with history. In my opinion I do not feel he got it wrong because it is all entirely true. From my own experience I always got tired of hearing how great a political figure was, and how they did not have any flaws. Chapter two deals with the true importance of Christopher Columbus. He is portrayed asa hero in many books, but it is more complicated than that. Loewen says history books ignore: his past achievements, the factors that led Europe to explore the Americans, economic factors, and social technology. Columbus led cultural and economic factors to explore America in 1492. Military technology, european monarchs commissioned bigger guns and better ships, than used today. Chapter three deals with who settled the country we know now as the United States. Many students believed America to be settled in 1620 by the English pilgrims, overlooking Native Americans who settled before them. Most students know the usual story about pilgrims and leaving England due to religious persecution. Many students don’t know about the diseases

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