Lies My Teacher Told Me: Young Readers' Edition: Everything American History Textbooks Get Wrong

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Young Readers' Edition: Everything American History Textbooks Get Wrong

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Overview

Now adapted for young readers ages 12 through 18, the national bestseller that makes real American history come alive in all of its conflict, drama, and complexity

Lies My Teacher Told Me is one of the most important—and successful—history books of our time. Having sold nearly two million copies, the book won an American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship. Now Rebecca Stefoff, the acclaimed nonfiction children’s writer who adapted Howard Zinn’s bestseller A People’s History of the United States for young readers, makes Loewen’s beloved work available to younger students.

Essential reading in our age of fake news and slippery, sloppy history, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Young Readers’ Edition cuts through the mindless optimism and outright lies found in most textbooks that are often not even really written by their “authors.” Loewen is, as historian Carol Kammen has said, the history teacher we all should have had. Beginning with pre-Columbian history and then covering characters and events as diverse as the first Thanksgiving, Helen Keller, the My Lai massacre, 9/11, and the Iraq War, Loewen’s lively, provocative telling of American history is a “counter-textbook that retells the story of the American past” ( The Nation ).

This streamlined young readers’ edition is rich in vivid details and quotations from primary sources that poke holes in the textbook versions of history and help students develop a deeper understanding of our world. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Young Readers’ Edition brings this classic text to a new generation of readers (and their parents and teachers) who will welcome and value its honesty, its humor, and its integrity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620974698
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 04/23/2019
Edition description: Young Readers' ed.
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 160,040
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why I Wrote This Book-And Other Questions Answered ix

List Of Textbooks Studied xvii

1 The Problem With Making Heroes 1

2 What Did Columbus Really Do? 17

3 The Truth About The First Thanksgiving 45

4 Through Red Eyes 68

5 Invisible Racism 99

6 John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, And Invisible Idealism 127

7 The Land Of Opportunity 151

8 Keeping An Eye On The Government 160

9 Seeing No Evil In Vietnam 178

10 The Disappearance Of The Recent Past 192

11 History And The Future 206

12 Does This Way Of Teaching History Work? 225

Afterword: The Future Lies Ahead-And What To Do About Them 237

Notes 247

Index 269

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Lies My Teacher Told Me: Young Readers' Edition: Everything American History Textbooks Get Wrong 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Philomath_in_Phila 7 months ago
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review. Everyone has most likely heard the quote, "History is written by the victors." Although the quote is often attributed to Winston Churchill, it is not known who originally said it. However, the author does not matter, only the truth of the quote. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Young Readers’ Edition Everything American History Textbooks Get Wrong by James W. Loewen is part of his campaign to correct mistakes that have been taught in schools for years. His most famous work, Lies My Teacher Told Me, was originally published in 1995. This history book is geared toward "young readers". I, as an adult, found the information interesting and some was outright surprising to me. However, I think young readers would find it wordy. This was not a book to sit and read cover to cover. I needed time to reflect, discuss, and to research sections for more information. Adding it to an advanced or higher level history course to complement a traditional history textbook would be an asset to the student's education. Allowing both books to be read at the same time would probably help encourage the reader's curiosity to not just accept what the textbooks offers as history as fact. This review was published on Philomathinphila.com on 5/23/19.
KarlieSch 9 months ago
I really enjoyed this book.  I had always wanted to read the original but it always seemed too daunting a task, considering my lifelong dislike of history. To be fair, I realized through this book that I retained more of the US history I learned in public school than I would have thought.  Unfortunately, this book taught me that most of what I had retained was wrong, or at least majorly lacking in context. I'm not sure how I would have felt about this book though if I were still a teenager.  It's a little dry but it's better than textbooks that reinforce rote memorization of what will be on the test. This book taught me that many high schoolers felt this way about studying history, and offers some suggestions to combat that disinterest in the classroom. That's why I'd love to see an actual textbook written this way - created as a side-by-side comparison book (left side original textbook, right side questioning/correcting/adding context). I think the younger generations are getting better at questioning things so the rewriting of this book has come at an appropriate time. Everyone really should read it. Young and old, I hope everyone does.
KarlieSch 9 months ago
I really enjoyed this book.  I had always wanted to read the original but it always seemed too daunting a task, considering my lifelong dislike of history. To be fair, I realized through this book that I retained more of the US history I learned in public school than I would have thought.  Unfortunately, this book taught me that most of what I had retained was wrong, or at least majorly lacking in context. I'm not sure how I would have felt about this book though if I were still a teenager.  It's a little dry but it's better than textbooks that reinforce rote memorization of what will be on the test. This book taught me that many high schoolers felt this way about studying history, and offers some suggestions to combat that disinterest in the classroom. That's why I'd love to see an actual textbook written this way - created as a side-by-side comparison book (left side original textbook, right side questioning/correcting/adding context). I think the younger generations are getting better at questioning things so the rewriting of this book has come at an appropriate time. Everyone really should read it. Young and old, I hope everyone does.