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Lies Across America : What American Historic Sites Get Wrong

Lies Across America : What American Historic Sites Get Wrong - 07 edition

ISBN13: 978-0743296298

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ISBN13: 978-0743296298
ISBN10: 074329629X
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Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Published: 2007
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Lies Across America : What American Historic Sites Get Wrong - 07 edition

ISBN13: 978-0743296298

James W. Loewen

ISBN13: 978-0743296298
ISBN10: 074329629X
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 07
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Published: 2007
International: No
Summary

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. This 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 entries drawn from each of the fifty states, 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 Jefferson's writings to present this conflicted slave owner as a near abolitionist.
  • Abraham Lincoln had been dead for thirty years when his birthplace cabin was built.

Lies Across America is a realty check for anyone who has ever sought to learn about America through the nation's public sites and markers. Entertaining and enlightening, it is destined to change the way American readers see their country.

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