Lies My Teacher Told Me About Christopher Columbus: What Your History Books Got Wrong 9781565840089, 1565840089

Examines the truths and myths surrounding the voyages of Columbus, presenting an alternative history intended to differ

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English Pages 38 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm + 1 poster (color illustrations ; 53 x 83 cm folded to 27 x 21 cm) Year 1992;2006

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Lies My Teacher Told Me About Christopher Columbus: What Your History Books Got Wrong
 9781565840089, 1565840089

Table of contents :
Somebody was already living here --
Words we use determine how we think --
Exploration before Columbus --
Eurocentrism affects what textbooks include and exclude --
Why was Europe ready to act differently this time? --
Textbooks make up details about Columbus to avoid uncertainty --
Textbooks make the obstacles seem greater --
Textbooks make his motives seem purer --
Textbooks omit what Columbus did with the Americas --
Textbooks make Columbus seem more tragic --
Why do textbooks lie? --
Columbus and the "Century of progress" --
Historiography: How history changes, depending on when and where it is written --
Objections to teaching the truth about Columbus --
Result of all this is boring history --
Further reading, a video, and an invitation to a dialogue.

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