Teaching What Really Happened: How to Avoid the Tyranny of Textbooks and Get Students Excited About Doing History by James W Loewen offers teachers a new way to approach the teaching of American history. This book offers teachers specific ideas for how to get students excited about history, how to get them to DO history, and how to help them read critically. It will specifically help teachers tackle difficult but important topics like the American Indian experience, slavery, and race relations.
Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong is the revised and updated edition by James W. Loewen. This professor emeritus of sociology examined twelve standard American history textbooks and found that not one of these books did a decent job of making history interesting or memorable for students. In addition there were serious errors and omissions in these texts especially regarding the American interpretation of Columbus, Thanksgiving, and Native Americans.