Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong
Simon & Schuster, 2000 - 480 páginas
In Lies Across America, James W. Loewen continues his mission, begun in the award-winning Lies My Teacher Told Me, of overturning the myths and misinformation that too often pass for American history. Lies Across America is a one-of-a-kind examination of sites all over the country where history is literally written on the landscape, including historical markers, monuments, historic houses, forts, and ships. With one hundred entries, drawn from every state, Loewen reveals that:
The USS Intrepid, the "feel-good" war museum, celebrates its glorious service in World War II but nowhere mentions the three tours it served in Vietnam.
The Jefferson Memorial misquotes from the Declaration of Independence and skews Thomas Jefferson's writings to present this conflicted slaveowner as an outright abolitionist.
Abraham Lincoln had been dead for thirty years when his birthplace cabin was built!
Lies Across America is a reality check for anyone who has ever sought to learn about America through our public sites and markers. Entertaining and enlightening, it is destined to change the way we see our country.
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When the landscape does not omit unpleasant stories entirely , it often tells them badly , even by the mediocre standards set by U.S. history textbooks . Except for the Chief Vann House , a state historic site in Georgia , historic ...
In turn , the ideological clues on the landscape point to and reinforce differences in society that persist even today . In 1990 only 62 percent of black residents in Ouachita County owned their own homes , compared to 74 percent in ...
We can write gays and lesbians back onto the landscape as heroes and villains — as history makers . We can stiffen the spines of state marker officers to use candid active verbs even when describing abhorrent events , so Americans can ...
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LibraryThing ReviewCrítica de los usuarios - nx74defiant - LibraryThing
The "Lies" are mostly lies of omission. It's more about what is left out of information on historical sights. It amused me to find out that a horse an a statue had to be male (even though the man's favorite mount was a mare) to protect the subject's dignity. Leer comentario completo
LibraryThing ReviewCrítica de los usuarios - Mike-L - LibraryThing
Lies of omission is a more accurate title. I found this book to be a little disappointing. Perhaps it's my fault for misinterpreting the subject matter. I had assumed it dealt with information that ... Leer comentario completo
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Lies Across America: What American Historic Sites Get Wrong
James W. Loewen
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