James W. Loewen

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General Information

Name: James W. Loewen

Pen Name: None

Genres: Non-Fiction

Born: 1942 in Decatur, Il

Website: www.uvm.edu/~jloewen/

Email: jloewen@zoo.uvm.edu


Illinois Connection

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.

Published Works

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

Mississippi: conflict & change

ISBN: 0394489640
Release Date: 1974

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Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension Of American Racism

ISBN: 156584887X
Release Date: 2005-09-29

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Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong

ISBN: 074329629X
Release Date: 2007-10-16

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Literary Awards

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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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

External Links

James W. Loewen on WorldCat

James W. Loewen on Amazon


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