Lies Across America
What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong
by James W. Loewen
Pub Date 24 Sep 2019
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A fully updated and revised edition of the book USA Today called “jim-dandy pop history,” by the bestselling, American Book Award–winning author
"The most definitive and expansive work on the Lost Cause and the movement to whitewash history."
—Mitch Landrieu, former mayor of New Orleans
From the author of the national bestseller Lies My Teacher Told Me, a completely updated—and more timely than ever—version of the myth-busting history book that focuses on the inaccuracies, myths, and lies on monuments, statues, national landmarks, and historical sites all across America.
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 historic sites all over the country where history is literally written on the landscape, including historical markers, monuments, historic houses, forts, and ships. New changes and updates include:
• a town in Louisiana that was the site of a major but now-forgotten slave uprising
• a totally revised tour of the memory and intentional forgetting of slavery and the Civil War in Richmond, Virginia
• the hideout of a gang in Delaware that made money by kidnapping free blacks and selling them into slavery
Entertaining and enlightening, Lies Across America also has a serious role to play in contemporary debates about white supremacy and Confederate memorials.
“Loewen is a one-man historical truth squad. . . . He has written a devastating portrait of how American history is commemorated.” —The Nation
“A fascinating book.” —The Sacramento Bee
"A fascinating study of what this country chooses to honor and why. As interesting as what is honored is what is left out.” —The Charlotte Observer