The author's purpose in writing this book was to correct what he sees as errors in the way history is presented in textbooks and taught in history classes.
Loewen argues that history is made into a dull and mindless course of study by the textbooks that are used. These books make it sound as if history is something that everyone agrees about. They take the controversy and the conflict out of history and present it as a story of how and why America is so great. Loewen argues that history classes would be more interesting and more accurate if they honestly portrayed the bad parts of American history and the debates between scholars.
Loewen hopes, through his book, to change the way history is taught and written so as to make it more interesting to students and more accurate.,