James Loewen, ¡Presente!
Zinn Education Project
As remembered by Poets & Busboys in DC
August 24, 2021
Sociologist, author, and educator James W. Loewen died on August 19, 2021, at the age of 79. We will miss his scholarship, wit, and dedication to ensuring that history be taught accurately. As he said, "Telling the truth about the past helps cause justice in the present." Jim Loewen's work has touched countless readers.
Lies My Teacher Told Me has served as an equity lighthouse guiding me through an ocean of historical myth and amnesia. — Jessica Rucker
I read Lies My Teacher Told Me the summer between middle and high school. It's the number one reason I became a high school social studies teacher. — Tierra Jolly
Howard Zinn's A Peoplebs History of the United States made me want to be a history teacher and James Loewen's Lies My Teacher Told Me gave me the drive to want to teach beyond the classic textbook-driven curriculum. Loewen's work has profoundly affected my teaching practice by cementing the commitment to instructing students to question and inquire as they 'do' history. — Maureen Andreadis
As remembered by History and Social Justice (Tougaloo College)
August 27, 2021
Reflections on the Life and Work of James Loewen