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Lies Across America by James W. Loewen
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Jul 09, 11

Read in January, 2006, read count: 1

Great book. This is an everyman's book on histiography. He talks about revisionist history and how different areas in the US change history for their own reasons. For example, he talks about how there is a monument to "our confederate dead" in Montana, even though 1) Montana wasn't a state during the Civil War and 2) even if it was, it would probably have been a Union state. So why did the people in Montana make that monument? Turns out, that monument, like many throughout the country, was placed by Confederate veterans groups long after the war ended as a part of the Lost Cause movement.

In discussing this and many other sites, Loewen picks apart the process of history without coming off sounding too academic or technical. I've used sections of this book with my high school US history students and they've provoked a lot of good debate and discussion.
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