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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... way we talk about the past , yet have never drawn the attention of the historical profession . These barely known but important sites bring up the critical distinction between what happened in the past versus what we say about it .
Moreover , most historic sites don't just tell stories about the past ; they also tell visitors what to think about the stories they tell . Many sites seek to transform our secular history — events that actually happened on earth done ...
It is easier to put up a statue celebrating a black hero than a marker that reflects badly on past white actions . But if every group heroifies its past leaders and actions , we will still end up honoring boring perfect heroes while ...
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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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