Lies My Teacher Told Me

A Graphic Adaptation

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Pub Date Apr 16 2024 | Archive Date Apr 15 2024

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At last! The long-awaited graphic version of the multi-million copy bestselling corrective to American history myths—adapted by the famed National Book Award–winning artist behind John Lewis’s March trilogy

Since its first publication in the 1990s, Lies My Teacher Told Me has become one of the most important and successful—and beloved—history books of our time. As the late Howard Zinn said, “Every teacher, every student of history, every citizen should read this book.” Having sold well over 2 million copies, the book also won an American Book Award and numerous other commendations and prizes and was even heralded on the front page of the New York Times long after its first publication.

Now, the brilliant and award-winning artist Nate Powell—the first cartoonist ever to win a National Book Award—has adapted Loewen’s classic work into a graphic edition that perfectly captures both Loewen’s text and the irreverent spirit of his work. Eye-popping illustrations bring to life the true history chronicled in Lies My Teacher Told Me, and ample text boxes and callouts ensure nothing is lost in translation. The book is perfect for those making their first foray past the shroud of history textbooks, and it will also be beloved by those who had their worldviews changed by the original.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

James W. Loewen (1942–2021) was the bestselling author of many award-winning books, including Lies My Teacher Told Me, Lies Across America, and Sundown Towns (all published by The New Press). He won the American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship, among many others. 

Nate Powell is the first cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award, for civil rights icon John Lewis’s March trilogy. Powell’s work has won a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, four Eisner Awards, two Ignatz Awards, and mutiple YALSA and ALA distinctions, and two Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist selections. Powell has discussed his work at the United Nations, as well as on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, CNN, PBS, and Free Speech TV. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

At last! The long-awaited graphic version of the multi-million copy bestselling corrective to American history myths—adapted by the famed National Book Award–winning artist behind John Lewis’s March...


Advance Praise

"This new iteration cleverly demonstrates Loewen’s key concepts while vividly bringing the content to life."
Booklist

"James Loewen’s classic Lies My Teacher Told Me is an essential title in the pantheon of books that challenge commonly held racist historical assumptions about the past. This new graphic adaption will inspire even more readers, young and old, to interrogate these false narratives. Nate Powell’s wonderful illustrations capture Loewen’s sly humor and reverence for truth-telling and will entertain even as they inspire and teach."
—Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning: A Graphic History of Racist Ideas in America

"This updated version of Lies My Teacher Told Me NEEDS to be in every history classroom and incorporated into teacher education programs and coursework. Nate Powell’s captivating artwork adds depth and emotion that will help readers connect to our true, shared history in ways that prose alone cannot."
—Tim Smyth, social studies teacher and author of the Eisner-nominated Teaching with Comics and Graphic Novels

"Thank God for Nate Powell—his beautiful illustrations kept me rapt all through this groundbreaking work of history. No matter what you think you know about the story of America, there’s something in this book that will blow your mind. Dive in!"
—Adam Conover, comedian and host of Adam Ruins Everything and Factually with Adam Conover 

"From fables of noble presidents and benevolent governments to falsehoods about classless and colorblind societies, Lies My Teacher Told Me: A Graphic Adaptation reveals the deception of so many American history textbooks and provokes kids to ask, ‘Why are they hiding the truth?’"
—Jesse Hagopian, teacher and co-editor of Teaching for Black Lives

"Countless people have told me how their lives were changed by reading the original Lies My Teacher Told Me—including many inspired to become U.S. history teachers themselves. With Nate Powell’s skillful adaptation and creative illustrations, readers can see detailed examples of how, to quote Loewen, ‘history textbooks are anti-citizenship manuals, handbooks for acquiescence.’ This book will get young people asking the right questions and looking beyond textbooks for answers."
—Deborah Menkart, executive director of Teaching for Change and co-director of the Zinn Education Project

"Nate Powell’s emotive graphics add a vital new dimension to James Loewen’s razor-sharp critique of our nation’s textbooks. This collaboration will reach those with the most to gain: students still spoon-fed with constrained narratives masquerading as history."
—Ray Raphael, author of A People’s History of the American Revolution and Founding Myths

"James Loewen’s history of our country is everything most textbooks are not: critical, idea-rich, anti-racist, class-conscious—and funny. Loewen’s irreverent story-telling comes to life in Nate Powell’s action-packed adaptation of Loewen’s classic Lies My Teacher Told Me. This volume is especially welcome at a moment when truthful history is under attack."
—Bill Bigelow, curriculum editor of Rethinking Schools and co-director of Zinn Education Project

"This new iteration cleverly demonstrates Loewen’s key concepts while vividly bringing the content to life."
Booklist

"James Loewen’s classic Lies My Teacher Told Me is an essential title in the...


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ISBN 9781620977033
PRICE $27.99 (USD)
PAGES 272

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