This site is inspired by the book, Lies My Teacher Told Me, by James Loewen.

(from back cover)
"Loewen surveyed 12 leading high school American history texts and concluded that not one does a decent job of making history interesting or memorable. Marred by an embarrassing combination of blind patriotism, mindless optimism, sheer misinformation, and outright lies, these books omit almost all the ambiguity, passion, conflict, and drama from our past."

A democracy is in danger when its citizens can not establish valid connections between vital current issues and relevant events from their own history. This test highlights our knowledge (and ignorance) of vital information that is often hidden, ignored, distorted, or suppressed by the powerful. Few do well on this test. You are not stupid or ignorant if you "flunk." But you may discover that you have been distracted and lied to more than you thought.

Information for this site comes from a variety of sources, including:
  1. Loewen, James, Lies My Teacher Told Me,(New York, N.Y.: Simon and Schuster, 1995)
  2. Toland, John, Adolf Hitler (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1976)
  3. Zinn, Howard, A Peoples History of the United States (New York, N.Y.: Harper Perennial, 1995)
  4. Hanrahan, Noelle, Editor All Things Censored (New York, N.Y.: Seven Stories Press, 2000)
  5. Zepezauer, Mark, The CIA's Greatest Hits (Tucson, Arizona: Odonian Press, 1994)
  6. t r u t h o u t,