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

Key insights from James W. Loewen's

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


Key insights from James W. Loewen's

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

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The truth behind American history’s biggest falsehoods.

If America is a land of equal opportunity and individual freedom, why is it still plagued by class divisions, racial tension, aggressive foreign policy, and damaging mythologies? In this Snapshot, you’ll learn about the gross historical inaccuracies that pervade high school history curricula and uncover the uncomfortable realities they hide. You’ll also discover why a more honest understanding of the American story is essential for improved civic engagement.

Read this Snapshot if you:

  • Want a more accurate account of US history
  • Are frustrated by the sugar-coated misinformation that pervades American mythos
  • Are curious about the racial and social realities that truly shaped the nation
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Introduction

In an era when elected leaders speak in “alternative facts” or tell blatant lies about their reasons for going to war, American citizens must be able to critically engage with their government and their history.

However, Americans struggle with this crucial task because they’ve internalized numerous inaccurate notions about their country. Many Americans still believe that a conflict over states’ rights caused the Civil War, that class divisions are easy to overcome, and that American military interventions overseas are always efforts to promote democracy. These false narratives...

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