James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

We mourn the loss of our friend and colleague and remain committed to the work he began.

Table of Contents of Lies My Teacher Told Me

Chapter 1) Handicapped by History: The Process of Hero-making. The truth about Helen Keller – Socialist, Woodrow Wilson – racist (among other things), Betsy Ross -tourist attraction, etc.

Chapter 2) 1493: The True Importance Of Christopher Columbus. From the real ‘discoverer’ of the New World to the myths about a flat world to the enslavement and extermination of the Arawaks to Columbus’ penniless’ death.

Chapter 3) The Truth about the First Thanksgiving. The truth about Plymouth Rock, European diseases in the New World, Squanto, and the reason why the Pilgrims were so Thankful.

Chapter 4) Red Eyes. The truth about Native slaves, Native raiders, the French and Indian War, scalpings, the Louisiana Purchase, and much else.

Chapter 5) “Gone With The Wind”: The Invisibility of Racism In American Textbooks. The truth about racism, the Lincoln-Douglas debates, lynchings, and the success of the Reconstruction governments before Reconstruction was ended by violence.

Chapter 6) John Brown and Abraham Lincoln: The Invisibility of Antiracism in American History Textbooks. The truth about John Brown, the Lincoln-Douglas debates, carpetbaggers, scalawags, and slaves in the Civil war armies.

Chapter 7) The Land of Opportunity. The absence of social class in American history textbooks.

Chapter 8) Watching Big Brother: What Textbooks Teach about the Federal Government. How textbooks misrepresent the U.S. government and omit its participation in state-sponsored terrorism.

Chapter 9) See No Evil: Choosing Not to Look at the War in Vietnam

Chapter 10) Down the Memory Hole: The Disappearance of the Recent Past.

Chapter 11) Progress Is Our Most Important Product.

Chapter 12) Why Is History Taught Like This?

Chapter 13) What Is the Result Of Teaching History Like This? Minority Students End Up Alienated, All Students End Up Bored, and No One Can Use the Past To Think Cogently About the Future.

Afterword) The Future Lies Ahead and What To Do About Them. How to Assess Sources, Learn About the Past More Accurately, and Teach Others What Has Gone Wrong.