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Lies My Teacher Told Me : Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

by James W. Loewen
| Item # Q740
Lies My Teacher Told Me : Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong Q740
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Questions and Topics For Discussion:1. Loewen identifies herofication as a key practice of textbook scholarship. What does he mean by herofication? What are the key elements of the herofication process?2. What are the aims and purposes of herofication? Do you agree? Why or why not?3. What is a social archetype? How are they constructed? How are social archetypes related to the herofication process? Can one exist without the other? Why or why not?4. What does Loewen mean when he says that herofication is a "degenerative process"?5. How does Loewen redress Wilson's and Keller's herofication? What do you believe is gained or lost in his redress?6. Identify the five significant developments that Loewen credits with paving the way for Europeans to dominate the world in the beginning of the 15th century.7. What is cognitive dissonance? What part does it play in the US's evolving conceptions of Indians?8. What are the social archetypes present in most history textbooks' retelling of the Christopher Columbus story? What purpose do these archetypes serve?9. What do anthropologists mean by the term syncretism? What does syncretism reveal about the nature of cultures? How does it impact our understanding of the developments that made Columbus's first voyage possible?10. Identify the elements of Columbus's discovery narratives that are being challenged by historians and scholars. What are the actual facts of Christopher Columbus's first voyage?11. Loewen suggests that portions of Columbus's narrative were added to make a better myth for textbook readers. What does Loewen's use of the term myth do to your conception of the story? Is it a useful designation? Why or why not?12. Loewen credits Columbus with two phenomena. What are they and how do they continue to inform US relations with foreign nations today?13. What does Loewen's analysis of the word "settlers" reveal about the predispositions of language? Can you identify other words that are similarly loaded with meaning? What

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  • AuthorJames W. Loewen
  • Page Count464
  • ISBN100743296281
  • ISBN139780743296281
  • PublisherTouchstone
  • Year Published2007
  • SubjectHistory of the Americas
    Social & cultural history
    Indigenous peoples
  • ImprintTouchstone

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