In Lies My Teacher Told Me, what inaccuracies does Loewen say we should be aware of when reading The American Pageant?

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There are many inaccuracies that Loewen attributes to this book.  I strongly suggest looking in the index and going to each page where The American Pageant is mentioned.  If you do that, you will be able to list all of the inaccuracies, which are too numerous to be listed here.

Some examples are:

  • On page 15 in the paperback edition, Loewen says that The American Pageant blames Caribbean countries themselves for the fact that the US intervened in those countries.
  • On page 48, Loewen argues that the textbook goes too far in praising Columbus.  He says that it tries to make him look like a big hero when he really wasn't.
  • Relatedly, on page 55, Loewen says that The American Pageant fails to mention Columbus's role in the "extermination" of the Arawak people of Hispaniola.

There are many more examples.  Please use the index to look for others.

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