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Lies My Teacher Told Me questions

  • 1.

    What is heroification? Why is heroification a bad thing?

  • 2.

    Why don’t textbooks address the shortcomings of historical figures?

  • 3.

    Why is chapter 2 titled “1493"?

  • 4.

    Why do American History textbooks promote the belief that most important developments in world history are traceable to Europe?

  • 5.

    What is Loewen’s dilemma with focusing so much attention on Columbus?

  • 6.

    What are some of the myths surrounding Columbus according to Loewen?

  • 7.

    What are some of the myths of the First Thanksgiving? What are some of the truths?

  • 8.

    What are some of your recollections of the portrayals of Native Americans in your history textbooks? Do they differ or are they the same as the accounts in the books that Loewen surveyed?

  • 9.

    Why do American textbooks gloss over events between Native Americans and white Americans in the 19th and 20th centuries?

  • 10.

    What examples does Loewen cite to show the invisibility of racism in American History textbooks?

  • 11.

    How has slavery impacted foreign policy and territorial expansion in the United States?

  • 12.

    What is meant by the Confederate myth?

  • 13.

    What examples does Loewen cite to show the invisibility of antiracism in American History textbooks?

  • 14.

    Why do American History textbooks routinely leave out issues of social and economic inequality?

  • 15.

    Do textbooks paint a realistic picture of the American federal government? Why or why not? Be sure to include specific examples.

  • 16.

    Why do American history textbooks gloss over the recent past? What, according to you, is the last date for history vs. current events? (E.g. do events in 2000 count as history? Or 1995? 1990?)

  • 17.

    What do the last chapters of American History textbooks convey, according to Loewen?

  • 18.

    What are Loewen’s solutions to the problems in American History textbooks?

  • 19.

    The course you are enrolled in next year is called AP United States History not AP American History. What messages do those titles convey? In your opinion, is the distinction important? Why or why not?

  • 20.

    Please type a half-page reaction to your reading. In addition, please consider the course for next year and include your expectations, concerns and questions.

  • 21.

    Have a great summer!

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