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Rethinking Our Past: Recognizing Facts, Fictions, And Lies In American History

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"This course is designed to enlighten and encourage you to consider the factual basis of many of our most-cherished yet glossed-over stories and the real-life characters who populate them. From archaeological misinformation to investigations into the nature of modern public policy, Professor Loewen challenges you to consider the history of what "was" rather than what has b ...more
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Published 2004 by Recorded Books
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May 24, 2010 Terence rated it liked it
Recommends it for: US history students
The lectures on this CD were recorded in 2004, before the Texas school textbook circus and before the recent upsurge in whitewashing Civil War history to make the South the oh-so-innocent victim of evil Northern aggression, and I wonder what Loewen makes of such recent developments. He ends his lectures on a hopeful note, urging his listeners to "write history on the land to represent the past accurately." (p. 75 of the accompanying "Course Guide") I can only imagine he must be feeling a certain ...more
Apr 19, 2011 Robyn rated it it was amazing
Loved this, but it turned me into a bit of a Cliff Claven...boring everyone with facts they just had to know!
Oct 18, 2009 Joyce rated it it was amazing
I "read" the audio book version from Recorded Books during a recent long car trip. Professor Loewen presents his material in a clear and entertaining fashion that left both my husband and I thinking we'd enjoy being in his class.

There's much to think about here. It's been years since I was in high school, and I don't remember my American history classes. If the texts were as bad then, and I have no reason to believe they weren't, there's good reason to forget them! According to Loewen, they were
Michael Tisdale
Jun 09, 2015 Michael Tisdale rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Do not buy into the hype of the distorted histories we all are taught. They represent in attempt at indoctrination, at marketing a lie. Rather, the author claims, discover the real history behind much of what we believe to be true in American history. For example, the argument put forth by the South after the Civil War, that the war was a conflict over state's rights, is an outright lie. How so? Look at the historic facts. Read the Articles of Secession, and in them, you find the real reason for ...more
Kym Andrew Robinson
Mar 17, 2014 Kym Andrew Robinson rated it really liked it
This is another excellent book by Loewen as he attempts to leave no historical rock un turned. Like much of his work, Loewen seeks to add colour and depth to the realities of North American history, repairing much of the damage which has been done by the simplistic and politically correct muck taught in most schools.

The audio book is very easy to listen to as Lowen's content is that interesting and in depth that it only inspires you to want to know more. This is the most valuable trait of any on
Jun 12, 2013 Tchipakkan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people interested in history
Recommended to Tchipakkan by: I've listened to Loewen's other courses
Shelves: audio-courses
This is a great deal of fun. Since I had just listened to the first set of America Before 1776, much about the Columbian Exchange wasn't new, but it still is great to hear a version of history that makes more sense than the usual mythology. It's easy to tell that Loewen's interest is the Nadir of race relations, but I would have loved him to have turned his attention to many of the other aspects of American history- medicine, and science, and other periods than he was able to cover. I think it w ...more
Feb 07, 2013 Jim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: popular-history
A very enjoyable audiobook lecture series on events and eras of American history that have been whitewashed, glossed over, hijacked by interest groups, or just plain forgotten about with the passage of time. Dr. Loewen is a fine narrator who makes the topics he chooses to cover both entertaining and memorable, although some areas are clearly stronger than others - his two lectures on the "nadir period" of race relations between 1890 and 1940 were probably the highlight of the whole course.
Rodney Harvill
Nov 30, 2015 Rodney Harvill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
When I spotted this lecture set in the audiobook section of the local library branch, I was simultaneously intrigued and skeptical, wondering if I was about to get a dose of left-wing revisionism. Professor Loewen did not strike me as an ideologue and gained credibility with me by what appeared to be a balanced approach. For example, when he discussed capitalism, he discussed its strengths and weaknesses.

When Professor Loewen claimed a "historical fact" to be incorrect, he attributed it to past
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How many white men have to die before it's termed a massacre?


How many Native Indians?

The answer seems to be that it's termed a 'battle' when the Native Indians lost.


Blurbifications - "You will get the most from this course by reading or listening to Professor Loewen’s book, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong. Within that book are many facts about American (and world) history to which most people have simply never be
Mar 18, 2013 Marsha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-unabridged
Wow! I have never been much of a history buff, which may be why I really appreciate this book; I think I learned more about history here that I learned all the way through grade school and high school (in college there was no particular reason that I should have learned anything about history)(although I have learned more about history since then…). The standard things about Native Americans and the way our history is skewed when it comes to "American Indians" was pretty much expected, but there ...more
Jun 14, 2010 Lee rated it really liked it
This was an excellent course. I will definitely be reading the books he's written. He does a good job at not blaming one group of people throughout history, though he does tend to be rather liberal minded. That being said, I still think his views are pretty well supported.

I think everyone should either take this course or read his book (Lies My Teacher Told Me), not because everything in it is the absolute truth but it really makes you think about what you have learned and helps plant a desire
Aug 19, 2011 Aimee rated it really liked it
Worthwhile to read or listen to. Interesting and insightful. I don't claim all of his conclusions and deductions are absolute fact, but somewhere in between what most of us were taught in high school/college and what he teaches in this course. I will be adding "Lies my Teacher Told Me" to my "to read" list!
Michael Miller
May 17, 2015 Michael Miller rated it really liked it
Not as good as his other work, but filled with many thought-provoking facts and insights. If nothing else, he spurs us to check his facts to see if he is shooting straight with us. He usually is. Hiding the problems of our national past is pointless and counterproductive. We've got to own up to them if we are going to fix them. Name the wrong, repent of it, change the behavior.
Tadas Talaikis
Jun 21, 2016 Tadas Talaikis rated it it was amazing
Was very interesting, even as for non-American (though I had done some U.S. high school). It challenged my own few misconceptions induced through popular American culture. I need even downrate some books with biased information.

Shows how it is important to question everything instead of believing in what you're getting in schools.
Dec 21, 2007 Ellis rated it it was amazing
This was fantastic. Man, there is nothing like getting the straight story on history. It's amazing (well, it shouldn't be) how much more history makes sense and fits together when we have the facts.
Apr 04, 2016 Cat. rated it it was amazing
Excellent (till near the end when he mis-attributed a quote, but anyway...). I loved the challenge he issues in the final "class" when he calls on all of us to get involved in our community and find out the real truth behind some of the events in our past, good or bad. That's what history is for!
Sep 22, 2016 Dena rated it it was amazing
I've read Lies my teacher told me and thought my mind had been blown with that - this too just opens your eyes to some of the deep lies that are perpetually told in American History. Once again, mind blown
Ellen Snyder
Sep 12, 2013 Ellen Snyder rated it it was amazing
Excellent series to listen to in you car. more like Loewen covers in Lies.... I love everything this guy does!
Jun 04, 2010 Kyle rated it liked it
Very interesting an insightful. Many aspects of history brought out in truth. Did not always agree with some of his conclusions and deductions.
Gail Tilton
Nov 22, 2011 Gail Tilton rated it it was amazing
Enjoyable to listen to and educational. Got me thinking about maybe substitute teaching. (Somebody smack me!) Looking forward to others in the series.
Mar 12, 2012 Guy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: History fans, history novices, lovers of "the real story behind..."
Shelves: non-fiction
Loewen is a little marble-mouthed, but interesting. Buffs may find the material unoriginal. 14 mostly anecdotal lectures; missing significant discussion of causes, and the titular "recognizing."
Jan 01, 2013 Luke rated it really liked it
American history is a little less white and a little less male dominated through this lecture series.
Jan 09, 2008 Alan rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Listened to Modern Scholar CD version. Interesting, particularly the little bit about the "sundown" towns, and other racial issues.
Mar 19, 2009 Kevin rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Very good perspective with references. Focused a lot on Native Americans and Civil Rights.
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