Chapter 3: The truth about the first
In this chapter Loewen explains that the popular notion of Thanksgiving is based on "feel good" history that has little to do with the facts.
Moreover, most history text books choose not to mention any of
Chapter 11 Summary: Why Is History Taught Like This?
When you are publishing a book, if theres something that is controversial, its better to take it out.
Loewen starts the chapter by stating tha
Handicapped by History: The Process of Hero -making.
In paying tribute to this man with our statue, we're honoring a man who ignored the
citizenry, i.e. "democracy", to promote his own transgressive agenda.
Chapter One is written with a focus
Lies My Teacher Told Me
By James W. Lowen
Table of Contents
Introduction: Something Has Gone Very Wrong 1
1 Handicapped by History: The Process of Hero-making 9
2 1493: The True Importance of Christopher Columbus 29
3 The Truth about the First Thanksgivin
Chapters 9 & 10
Down the Memory Hole
For this review, considering Chapter 10 out of sequence may be enlightening. Loewen
ruminates on 'The Disappearance of the Recent Past' and considers why so few teachers
manage to reach the end of the textbook by the e
1493: The True Importance Of Christopher Columbus.
In the beginning, all the world was America
Chapter 2, "1493," considers the impact of Europe and the Americas on each other.
Astoundingly, no one textbook I surveyed describes these geopoliti
Chapter 5 Gone with the Wind
The Invisibility of Racism
is the most
theme in our history.
For example: Uncle Toms Cabin, The Jazz Singer, Birth of a Nation, Gone With the Wind, Amos n Andy
treat race without any racism. Sla
Chapter 6 John Brown and Abraham Lincoln
The Invisibility of Antiracism
Just as textbooks treat slavery without much Racism
they treat abolitionism without much
American textbooks underplay racism and neglect racial idealism, or equalitarianis
Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen
Jamens Loewens , Lies My Teacher Told Me, is intended to elicit an outrageous and epiphonic reaction.
Loewen addresses facts, grievances, misrepresentations and absence present in the
Afterward: The Future Lies Ahead - And What to Do
After reading this book, no teacher in good conscience can blithely assign students to 'read Chapter X and answer the even-numbered questions on page 532.'
We want to do right by our kids and ou
Chapter 4: Red Eyes
Loewen uses this chapter to make several important key points. First he breaks the archetype of the static Native American. In its place he
shows a sophisticated culture capable of evaluating European culture and adopting techniques an
Chapter 8 Summary: Watching Big Brother: What textbooks teach about the Federal Government
One of the quotes at the beginning of the chapter summarizes Loewens message perfectly: What did
you learn in school today, dear
Chapter 7 Summary: The Land of Opportunity
One of the quotes at the beginning of the chapter: Ten men in our country could buy the whole world
and ten million cant buy enough to eat.-Will Rogers
Chapter 13: What is the result of teaching history like
Loewen says there are two main outcomes from our current treatment of high school
1) We 'don't know much about history.' Loewen argues that students basically don't
Chapter 12: Why is history taught like this?
Here, the author proposes many different possibilities for why the teaching of History is a farce in America. Starting with how text books are
conceived, written, and updated, the author moves on to discuss the