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Sociologist James W. Loewen is the author of Lies My Teacher Told Me.

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  • The Tallest Mountain – The Silliest Naming – Reversed on August 31, 2015

    by James W Loewen

    Ohio's John Boehner wants to keep the name McKinley. It remains to be seen whether he can undo the action by the Department of the Interior, especially since Republican leaders from Alaska support the original name, Denali, over McKinley. But the mountain should be named Denali.

  • Celebrating John C. Calhoun in Minnesota!

    by James W Loewen

    John C. Calhoun is remembered for what he did in the latter half of his adult life. In those years, he rationalized slavery, suppressed freedom of speech, and legitimized secession. Surely that legacy should persuade Minnesotans to rename Lake Calhoun.

  • What Do You Do When a Review Is Dishonest?

    by James W Loewen

    "Lies My Teacher Told Me" has received thousands of reviews, but the #2 editorial review at Amazon is blatantly wrong. And there's no recourse even though the editor of the magazine that published it admits the review is flawed.

  • Wrong and Racist at Duke

    by James W Loewen

    Political Science Professor Jerry Hough should leave Duke, on grounds of incompetence. He knows nothing about the history of race relations, yet opines on it anyway.

  • The Vietnam War Revisioned by Those Who Opposed It

    by James W Loewen

    "There are reasons why peace movement alumni find it harder to congratulate themselves, compared to Civil Rights Movement alumni. Our society has formed a consensus that it is wrong to deny people citizenship, voting rights, jury duty, the use of hospitals and restaurants, etc., based on race. We have not formed a consensus that it is wrong to invade other countries thousands of miles away that pose no threat to our existence. On the contrary, we do it all the time."

  • Then Verne Gagne Moved!

    by James W Loewen

    The story of the fake wrestler who started out as a real one -- and the lesson historians should draw from this.

  • How 20th Century: Going to the Library to Get a Book

    by James W Loewen

    "Our grandchildren, having grown used to nature-deficit-disorder, having adjusted to a society without civic acts, having abandoned face-to-face interaction even when face to face, won't even know what this essay is about."
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