Thursday, May 26, 2005

Gaining knowledge

T/F Columbus sailed to the New World to prove the world wasn't flat.
T/F Manhattan was purchased for $24.
T/F The Civil War was about states' rights
T/F We've never had a gay president

They're all false (as you probably guessed). I've taken to listening to books on CD while I'm driving to work. I discovered the Modern Scholar series at the library and love them. I'm currently listening to Rethinking Our Past: Recognizing Facts, Fictions and Lies in American History. The lecturer is James Loewen author of Lies My Teacher Told Me and Lies Across America. I've loved learning so many things that certaintly weren't included in my HS or college history classes. Hopefully I'll influence one person to listen or read his book - we should all know our full history, not just the glossy, pretty parts.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've read "Lies My Teacher Told Me" and it was great. I didn't know the author had written another book. Sounds interesting! Jenn

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