I read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.
Loewen's work is a mix of sociology and history, so he focuses on how history impacts our lives today. That's what makes his books and lectures so great: he shows not only how involved and interesting our history is, but he shows how knowing the past makes you an informed voter and participant today. In this lecture series he teaches you about several episodes in our history and revels in the complexities.
So here you'll learn again about our colonies, our first real Thanksgiving, our revolution and the up and down history of racism in this country. In my experience people who don't or say they can't enjoy history view it as either a large homogenous morality play or as a series of dates and people without interest or story. Loewen blows past these issues and makes history vital and interesting and real and important to understand today. This was a fun listen.
These days we have more opinions than facts.
Just listen to republicans and their super hero larger than life Regan. They make up history as they go and society doesn't fact check. History is changed and rewritten by the media, the politicians and the ignorant.
I would like to see more books like this one.
non biased Facts
This book should be titled Black History. The whole history of the US is recast in how it pertains to blacks and racial issues. In the first chapter he references blacks/whites at least 100 times, claims that history books were written by white supremacist and the KKK, and then claims that when he asked a question of one of history classes as to what the reconstruction period was, 16 out of 17 said it was the period after the civil war when blacks took over the state governments, messed it all up, and then it had to be taken back over by whites to fix. Now if he had claimed that 16 students had said they had no idea what it was, that I would have believed. But to say 16 out of 17 made the previous statement gives you an idea of what sort of glasses he is wearing to interpret the facts.
As an example of one of the great pieces of legislation from this time he referenced the Homesteading act, which allowed people who went bankrupt to keep their home. I believe taking something without paying for it is the definition of stealing and I hardly think that the poor guy who lent the person the money to buy the house thought it was a great idea. But that sums it up. If this is the sort of statements you like, then this book is for you. Or if you are looking to root out some oppression from the past and recolor all of history with it, then you may like this book as well.
Loewen offers an important perspective regarding many factors that influence us to adapt history to our own current thought patterns and offers suggestions to check the real facts.
Not a novel, no characters as per se. However, the stories regarding reconstruction and the civil war were fascinating to me because they continue to influence people's perspectives on civil rights.
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Boring delivery, too much like being in a class. These authors need to accept the fact that they need to stick to writing and NOT narrating the book. I have bought a lot of books that are good info but the reading is awful. Breakdown and pay an interesting reader to sell more of your books.
Not increased, but just more informed.
boring voice, lecture lecture lecture,,,,,,aarrgh!!!
I read too much, like most genre, & am picky about narrators. I like strong characters, great dialogue, & quirky bits!
This is written and performed by a Black man, his perspective and historical points may be valid...but his presentation is all about the evil, greedy Caucasian versus the ever downtrodden Black peoples and Native Americans. I listened to the entire piece and am so disappointed. I am not a prejudiced person, but I am sick of the race card and the continued harping on something no one alive suffered and no one alive perpetrated. Get a life, own it, live it to the best of your ability. People of all colors suffer hardships and persecution, they overcome, they succeed. I can't recommend it.
Unfortunately Professor James W. Loewen, in his passion to force his point, cherry picks historical facts to support his theoretical agenda. He appears to be either proud of his bias or unconcerned with it, and step far a field from the responsibilities of teaching.
He speaks of past prejudice, hate, and lies, yet does not see his own hate and prejudice that he infuses in his lectures.
I was saddened by his misuse of authority.