Biography of James W. Loewen

James Loewen is a trained sociologist who focuses on illuminating the falsehoods that are present in the way that US history is taught in high schools across the country.

Loewen was born on February 6, 1942 in Illinois. He attended Carleton College and earned his PhD at Harvard University.

He has taught at multiple universities including Tougaloo College, the University of Vermont, and Catholic University of America. Loewen has worked at Catholic University since 1997 as their visiting Professor of Sociology, according to the Tougaloo website.

Loewen is best known for his book Lies My Teacher Told Me, which was first published in 1995, and then republished in 2008. The book was written after Loewen spent a year examining 12 textbooks at the Smithsonian Institution in D.C. and noticed several alarming inaccuracies and discrepancies, according his Speak Out page.


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