Lies Across America

Lies Across America

What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong

eBook - 2010
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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. 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 Am.
Publisher: New York : New Press, The, 2010.
ISBN: 9781595586766
1595586768
Characteristics: 1 online resource (481 pages)
Contents: 47. Let Us Now Praise Famous Thieves48. The End of Reconstruction; 49. A Black College Celebrates White Racists; 50. If Russia Can Do It, Why Can't We?; 51. Confining Helen Keller Under House Arrest; 52. Famous Everywhere but at Home; 53. Remember Fort Pillow!; 54. Forrest Rested Here; 55. A Confederate-KKK Shrine Encounters Turbulence; 56. The Missing Town of Rosewood; 57. The Beech Island Agricultural Club Was Hardly What the Marker Implies; 58. To the Loyal Slaves; 59. Who Burned Columbia?; 60. The Last Major Confederate Offensive of the Civil War; 61. The Invisible Slave Trade.
35. Who Menaced Whom?The South; 36. "No Nation Rose So White and Fair; None Fell So Free of Crime"; 37. The Only Honest Sundown Town in the United States; 38. It Never Got Off the Ground; 39. The Real War Will Never Get into the War Museums; 40. This Building Used to be a Hardware Store; 41. Which Came First, the Statue or the Oppression?; 42. Men Make History; Women Make Wives; 43. Suppressing a Slave Revolt for the Second Time; 44. Mystifying the Colfax Riot and Lying About Reconstruction; 45. The White League Begins to Take a Beating; 46. The Toppled "Darky."
21. Which Came First, Wilderness or Civilization?22. No Lesbians on the Landscape; 23. American Indians Only Roved for about a Hundred Years; 24. The Devil is Winning, Six to One; The Midwest; 25. "Serving the Cause of Humanity"; 26. Red Men Only- No Indians Allowed; 27. Domesticating Mark Twain; 28. Not the First Auto; 29. America's Most Toppled Monument; 30. Coming into Indiana Minus a Body Part; 31. The Invisible Empire Remains Invisible; 32. Putting the He in Hero; 33. Abraham Lincoln's Birthplace Cabin- Built Thirty Years After His Death; 34. Honoring a Segregationist.
9. Using Nationalism to Redefine a Troublesome Statue10. What We Know And What We Don't Know About Rock Art; 11. Don't Criticize Big Brother; Mountains and Plains States; 12. Circle the Wagons, Boys- It's Tourist Season; 13. Bad Things Happen In The Passive Voice; 14. Calling Native Americans Bad Names; 15. No Confederate Dead? No Problem! Invent Them!; 16. A Woman Shoulda Done It!; 17. Tall Tales in the West; 18. Licking the Corporate Hand That Feeds You; 19. The Footloose Statue; The Great Plains; 20. The Oklahoma State History Museum Confederate Room Tells No History.
Acknowledgements; Contents; Alphabetical Index of States; In What Ways Were We Warped?; Some Functions of Public History; The Sociology of Historic Sites; Historic Sites Are Always a Tale of Two Eras; Hieratic Scale in Historic Monuments; The Far West; 1. The Tallest Mountain- The Silliest Naming; 2. King Kamehameha I, The Roman!; 3. The Flat Earth Myth on the West Coast; 4. Exploiting vs. Exterminating the Natives; 5. China Beach Leaves Out the Bad Parts; 6. Killing a Man is Not News; 7. Don't "Discover" 'Til You See The Eyes of The Whites!; 8. No Communists Here!
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. 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 Am.

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