James W. Loewen
Pen Name: None
Born: 1942 in Decatur, Il
Loewen grew up in Decatur, Illinois and graduated from MacArthur High School in 1960.
Biographical and Professional Information
Loewen is an acclaimed historian and best-selling author whose mission is to overturn myths and misinformation that too often pass for U.S. history. A highly sought-after speaker and author, he engages audiences with intelligence and humor, honing in on a range of topics encompassing U.S. history, multicultural education, civil rights, race relations, voting rights, law and social science.
Loewen is the bestselling author of Lies My Teacher Told Me and Lies Across America. He is a regular contributor to the History Channel's History Magazine and is a professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Vermont. He resides in Washington, D.C.
Mississippi: Conflict and Change, Pantheon Books, 1974
Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, Simon and Schuster, 1995
Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism, Touchstone, 20056
Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong , Touchstone, 2007
Teaching What Really Happened: How To Avoid the Tyranny of Textbooks and Get Students Excited About Doing History, Teachers College Press, 2009
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension Of American Racism
Release Date: 2005-09-29
Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong
Release Date: 2007-10-16
Teaching What Really Happened: How to Avoid the Tyranny of Textbooks and Get Students Excited About Doing History (Multicultural Education Series)
Release Date: 2009-10-01
Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances
Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)
Lecture topics include: • How History Keeps Us Racist, and What to Do About It • Sundown Towns: What they are, Where they are, and Why they matter • Everything Your High School History Textbook Got Wrong about Labor History and Social Class • What History Books Don't Tell about Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, and John Brown, and Why It Matters • How American History in School and on the Landscape Demeans Native Americans • Lies My Teacher Told Me Me About the Civil War • Eurocentrism, Afrocentrism, and Multiculturalism
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