Lies My Teacher Told Me About Christopher Columbus

Poster and booklet. By James W. Loewen. 2006; updated 2014. Booklet, 64 pp. and 32.5″ x 21″ poster.
Graphic corrective to the traditional textbook narratives about Columbus.

  • Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764 | Themes: Native American | Resource Types: Posters


In Lies My Teacher Told Me About Christopher Columbus, the bestselling author of Lies My Teacher Told Me offers a graphic corrective to the Columbus story told in so many American classrooms. First published over fifteen years ago and long out of print, the poster and accompanying paperback book sum up the mis-tellings—and reveal the real story—in a graphically appealing and accessible format.

The poster juxtaposes short quotes from a range of high school textbooks currently in use, with excerpts from primary sources that clearly show how textbooks have “lied” by knowingly substituting crowd-pleasing myths for grim and gruesome historical evidence.

In fact, these textbooks intentionally omitted every important detail that we do know about Columbus’s fateful voyage to the Americas. Among countless other facts, Loewen demonstrates that Columbus and his men were far from the first to set foot in the “New World,” and that the peoples he encountered there did not submit to the “godlike” authority of him and his crewmen, but rather to the deadly forms of smallpox and bubonic plague they brought with them from Europe.

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ISBN: 9781595589859 | Published by The New Press.




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  • Seems like the “Lies” are being taught now. Christopher Columbus is being unfairly villainized by people like Howard Zinn and others who seek to undermine the American value and spirit. With such ideas that only Europeans brought disease to the Indians, no one remembers that the Indians gave back in like kind: encephalitis, syphilis,polio and hepatitis, to name a few. When Columbus had to leave 39 men behind because of shipwreck, when he returned all had been killed by the indians. CC opened the Americas to European ideas and accomplishments, which the Indians could not have come up with by themselves and have certainly benefitted from, such as vaccines, electricity, railroads, refrigeration, light, education, hospitals, and the list goes on. He was among few who could have crossed the ocean successfully at that time, with so little to guide him.

    Response shared by Linda Clarendon — October 28, 2014 @ 5:35 pm

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