James W. Loewen

James W. Loewen

James W. Loewen is the author of Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High School History Textbook Got Wrong (1995) and Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong (1999), among other books, and of his forthcoming memoir titled Up a Creek, With a Paddle: Tales of Canoeing and Life (2020). He has been an expert witness or consultant in more than fifty class action lawsuits, mostly in civil rights, voting rights, employment discrimination, and education. His Sundown Towns (2006) tells how thousands of communities in America excluded African, Chinese, Jewish, or Native Americans between 1890 and 1970s, and how some still do. His Teaching What Really Happened (2009) offers specific methods and information to help K-12 U.S. history teachers go beyond the textbook and get their students excited about doing history. He is also the author of The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader (2010) and many Washington Post op-eds, including "Five Myths about Reconstruction." He has received the Spirit of America Award from the National Council for the Social Studies as well as the Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award from the American Sociological Association for his social justice work.

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  • Everything Your High School History Textbook Got Wrong about Labor History and Social Class
  • How American History in School and on the Landscape Demeans Native Americans
  • How History Keeps Us Racist, and What to Do About It
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me about Native Americans
  • Sundown Towns and What They Should Do Today
  • The Most Important Era in U.S. History that You Never Heard of, and Why It's Especially Important Today
  • What History Books Don't Tell about Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, and John Brown, and Why It Matters
  • What the Sesquicentennial of Reconstruction Can Teach Us about Race Relations Today
  • What To Do About Confederate Monuments, and Why