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Author Loewen, James W.

Title Lies across America : what our historic sites get wrong / James W. Loewen.

Published New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton, [1999]
©1999

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 UniM Bail  973 LOEW    AVAILABLE
Physical description 480 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents In What Ways Were We Warped? 15 -- Some Functions of Public History 25 -- Sociology of Historic Sites 29 -- Historic Sites are Always a Tale of Two Eras 36 -- Hieratic Scale in Historic Monuments 43 -- Far West -- 1 Alaska Denali (Mt. McKinley): The Tallest Mountain -- The Silliest Naming 51 -- 2 Hawaii Honolulu: King Kamehameha I, The Roman! 54 -- 3 California Sacramento: The Flat Earth Myth on the West Coast 57 -- 4 California Sacramento: Exploiting vs. Exterminating the Natives 62 -- 5 California San Francisco: China Beach Leaves Out the Bad Parts 67 -- 6 California Downieville: Killing a Man is Not News 70 -- 7 Oregon La Grande: Don't "Discover" 'Til You See the Eyes of the Whites! 74 -- 8 Washington Cowlitz County: No Communists Here! 76 -- 9 Washington Centralia: Using Nationalism to Redefine a Troublesome Statue 77 -- 10 Nevada Hickison Summit: What We Know and What We Don't Know about Rock Art 81 -- 11 Nevada Nye County: Don't Criticize Big Brother 84 -- Mountains and Plains States -- 12 Idaho Almo: Circle The Wagons, Boys -- It's Tourist Season 89 -- 13 Utah North of St. George: Bad Things Happen in the Passive Voice 93 -- 14 Arizona Navajo Reservation: Calling Native Americans Bad Names 99 -- 15 Montana Helena: No Confederate Dead? No Problem! Invent Them! 102 -- 16 Wyoming South Pass City: A Woman Shoulda Done It! 108 -- 17 Colorado Pagosa Springs: Tall Tales in the West 110 -- 18 Colorado Leadville: Licking the Corporate Hand That Feeds You 113 -- 19 New Mexico Alcalde: The Footloose Statue 119 -- Great Plains -- 20 Oklahoma Oklahoma City: The Oklahoma State History Museum Confederate Room Tells No History 123 -- 21 Kansas Gardner: Which Came First, Wilderness or Civilization? 126 -- 22 Nebraska Red Cloud: No Lesbians on the Landscape 127 -- 23 South Dakota Brookings: American Indians Only Roved for about a Hundred Years 130 -- 24 North Dakota Devils Lake: The Devil is Winning, Six to One 133 -- Midwest -- 25 Minnesota St. Paul: "Serving the Cause of Humanity" 136 -- 26 Iowa Muscatine: Red Men Only -- No Indians Allowed 144 -- 27 Missouri Hannibal: Domesticating Mark Twain 148 -- 28 Wisconsin Racine: Not the First Auto 151 -- 29 Illinois Chicago: America's Most Toppled Monument 152 -- 30 Indiana Graysville: Coming into Indiana Minus a Body Part 157 -- 31 Indiana Indianapolis: The Invisible Empire Remains Invisible 161 -- 32 Kentucky Lexington: Putting the He in Hero 164 -- 33 Kentucky Hodgenville: Abraham Lincoln's Birthplace Cabin -- Built Thirty Years after his Death! 166 -- 34 Michigan Dearborn: Honoring a Segregationist 170 -- 35 Ohio Delaware: Who Menaced Whom? 173 -- South -- 36 Texas Gainesville: "No Nation Rose So White and Fair; None Fell So Free of Crime" 177 -- 37 Texas Alba: The Only Honest Sundown Town in the United States 182 -- 38 Texas Pittsburg: It Never Got Off the Ground 186 -- 39 Texas Fredericksburg: The Real War Will Never Get into the War Museums 188 -- 40 Texas Galveston: This Building Used to be a Hardware Store 195 -- 41 Arkansas Grant County: Which Came First, the Statue or the Oppression? 197 -- 42 Arkansas Little Rock: Men Make History; Women Make Wives 200 -- 43 Louisiana Laplace: Suppressing a Slave Revolt for the Second Time 206 -- 44 Louisiana Colfax: Mystifying the Colfax Riot and Lying about Reconstruction 210 -- 45 Louisiana New Orleans: The White League Begins to Take a Beating 214 -- 46 Louisiana Baton Rouge: The Toppled "Darky" 220 -- 47 Louisiana Fort Jackson: Let Us Now Praise Famous Thieves 227 -- 48 Mississippi Hazlehurst: The End of Reconstruction 230 -- 49 Mississippi Itta Bena: A Black College Celebrates White Racists 235 -- 50 Alabama Calhoun County: If Russia Can do it, Why Can't We? 239 -- 51 Alabama Tuscumbia: Confining Helen Keller under House Arrest 243 -- 52 Alabama Scottsboro: Famous Everywhere but at Home 246 -- 53 Tennessee Fort Pillow: Remember Fort Pillow! 250 -- 54 Tennessee Woodbury: Forrest Rested Here 258 -- 55 Georgia Stone Mountain: A Confederate-KKK Shrine Encounters Turbulence 261 -- 56 Florida Near Cedar Key: The Missing Town of Rosewood 266 -- 57 South Carolina Beech Island: The Beech Island Agricultural Club Was Hardly What the Marker Implies 268 -- 58 South Carolina Fort Mill: To the Loyal Slaves 273 -- 59 South Carolina Columbia: Who Burned Columbia? 279 -- 60 North Carolina Bentonville Battlefield: The Last Major Confederate Offensive of The Civil War 288 -- 61 Virginia Alexandria: The Invisible Slave Trade 290 -- 62 Virginia Alexandria: The Clash of the Martyrs 294 -- 63 Virginia Richmond: "One of the Great Female Spies of all Times" 298 -- 64 Virginia Richmond: Slavery and Redemption 302 -- 65 Virginia Richmond: The Liberation of Richmond 305 -- 66 Virginia Richmond: Abraham Lincoln Walks through Richmond 310 -- 67 Virginia Appomattox: Getting Even the Numbers Wrong 317 -- 68 Virginia Stickleyville: A Sign of Good Breeding 320 -- Atlantic States -- 69 West Virginia Union: Is California West of the Alleghenies? 325 -- 70 District of Columbia Jefferson Memorial: Juxtaposing Quotations to Misrepresent a Founding Father 327 -- 71 District of Columbia Lincoln Memorial: A Product of Its Time and All Time 333 -- 72 Maryland Hampton: "No History To Tell" 338 -- 73 Delaware Reliance: The Reverse Underground Railroad 352 -- 74 Pennsylvania Philadelphia: Telling Amusing Incidents for the Tourists 357 -- 75 Pennsylvania Valley Forge: George Washington's Desperate Prayer 362 -- 76 Pennsylvania Lancaster: "You're Here to See the House" 367 -- 77 Pennsylvania Gettysburg: South Carolina Defines the Civil War in 1965 371 -- 78 Pennsylvania Philadelphia: Remember The "Splendid Little War" -- Forget the Tawdry Larger Wars 377 -- 79 Pennsylvania Philadelphia: Celebrating Illegal Submarine Warfare 381 -- 80 New Jersey Trenton: The Pilgrims and Religious Freedom 383 -- 81 New York Manhattan: Making Native Americans Look Stupid 385 -- 82 New York Alabama: Which George Washington? 389 -- 83 New York North Elba: John Brown's Plaque Puts Blacks at the Bottom! 390 -- 84 New York Manhattan: The Union League Club: Traitors to Their Own Cause 394 -- 85 New York Manhattan: Selective Memory at USS Intrepid 404 -- New England -- 86 Connecticut Darien: Omitting the Town's Continuing Claim to Fame 408 -- 87 Massachusetts Boston: The Problem of the Common 413 -- 88 Massachusetts Amherst: Celebrating Genocide 415 -- 89 Massachusetts Boston: What a Monument Ought to Be 419 -- 90 Vermont Burlington: Shards of Minstrelsy on a Far-North Campus 425 -- 91 New Hampshire Peterborough and Dublin: Local History Wars 430 -- 92 New Hampshire Concord: "Effective Political Leader" 433 -- 93 Rhode Island Block Island: "Settlement" Means Fewer People! 436 -- 94 Rhode Island Warren and Barrington: Fighting over the "Good Indian" 438 -- 95 Maine Bar Harbor: At Last -- An Accurate Marker 442 -- Snowplow Revisionism 443 -- Getting into a Dialogue with the Landscape 447 -- A Selecting the Sites 455 -- B Ten Questions to Ask at a Historic Site 459 -- C Twenty Candidates For "Toppling" 460.
Summary Lies Across America looks at more than one hundred sites where history is told on the landscape, including historical markers, monuments, outdoor museums, historic houses, forts, and ships. Loewen uses his investigation of these public versions of history, often literally written in stone, to correct historical interpretations that are profoundly wrong, to tell neglected but important stories about the American past, and, most importantly, to raise questions about what we as a nation choose to commemorate and how.
Subject Historic sites -- United States.
Monuments -- United States.
United States -- History -- Errors, inventions, etc.
ISBN 1565843444