Is Your American
History Textbook Lying to You?
Why not test
- 1. Who segregated the federal
- A. No one -- it had
always been segregated.
- B. Abraham Lincoln
- C. Ulysses S. Grant
- D. Woodrow Wilson
- E. Harry S. Truman
- 2. True or False? The first black player in the
major leagues was Jackie Robinson.
- A. True
- B. False
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- James W. Loewen, author of
Lies My Teacher Told Me:
Everything Your American History
Textbook Got Wrong. Photo
credit: Sally McCay.
Loewen is coming to
his bestselling Lies My Teacher Told Me (1995),
James W. Loewen (pictured at left) deftly exposed the
distortions and omissions of high school American history
textbooks, and, in his forthcoming Lies Across
America (1999), he takes on the version of American
history presented by historical sites and monuments.
Charleston residents will have the opportunity to hear
this passionate educator and ardent scholar on October
28th and 29th:
- Thursday, Oct.
- 7 pm: Public
lecture in Maybank 100. (The College of
Charleston, on St. Philip at Calhoun.)
- Friday, Oct.
- 9:00-11:00 am:
Workshop for teachers and
future teachers at the Brown Annex, Room
404. (Formerly the Bishop England Annex, on the
corner of Coming and Calhoun.)
- 2:00-3:00 pm:
session with students and faculty,
Education Center 116, on the College of
- All events are free and open to
Sponsored by the College of Charleston's School of
- Social Sciences, the American Studies
Program, the Department of History,
- the Avery Research Center, and the School
1. D. Woodrow Wilson in 1913. Lincoln desegregated the
White House staff in 1863, which, in turn, began a desegregation of
the federal government that lasted until Wilson.
2. B. False. Robinson was the first in the 20th century. Blacks
played major league baseball in the nineteenth century until a
protest by the president of the Chicago White Sox led to the
Baltimore Orioles expelling the last, their third baseman, in about
Questions and answers adapted from Loewen's quiz
High School History Prepare You to Take This Test?
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- Learn more about James W. Loewen:
- Some of Loewen's Books:
- The Mississippi Chinese
- The Truth About Columbus
- Lies My Teacher Told Me
- Lies Across America
- This page was last updated on 6 October