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Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse The Truth About Columbus
for explaining why this man is not worthy of our honoring him.

The Truth About Columbus
A Subversively True Poster Book
for a Dubiously Celebratory Occasion

The Truth About Columbus by James Loewen (2014) - 48 pages
The Truth About Columbus at Amazon.com

Lies My Teacher Told Me About Christopher Columbus
What Your History Books Got Wrong

Some myths don’t die, and lies are still being told about Christopher Columbus: that he “discovered” the Americas (not only was the land familiar to native inhabitants, but it had also been visited before by Europeans), that the land was sparsely populated by native people (there were fourteen million inhabitants in 1492), that those people were primitive (Europeans learned a lot and gained technology and agricultural skill from Native Americans), and that they submitted to Columbus’s “God-like” authority (they submitted to the deadly smallpox and bubonic plague that Columbus’s crew imported from Europe).

Lies My Teacher Told Me About Christopher Columbus disproves the myths about Columbus still enshrined in American textbooks with quotations from primary source material that sets the record straight. The poster and accompanying 48–page paperback book sum up the mistellings—and reveal the real story—in a graphically appealing and accessible format that shows the degree to which textbooks have “lied” by knowingly substituting crowd-pleasing myths for grim and gruesome historical evidence.

Chapters:

  • Somebody Was Already Living Here
  • The Words We Use Determine How We Think
  • Exploration before Columbus
  • Eurocentrism Affects What Textbooks Include and Exclude
  • Why Was Europe Ready To Act Differently This Time?
  • Textbooks Make up Details about Columbus To Avoid Uncertainty
  • Textbooks Make the Obstacles Seem Greater
  • Textbooks Make His Motives Seem Purer
  • Textbooks Omit What Columbus Did with the Americas
  • Textbooks Omit Changes the Americas Caused in Europe and Africa
  • Textbooks Make Columbus Seem More Tragic
  • Why Do Textbooks Lie?
  • Columbus and the "Century of Progress"
  • Historiography: How History Changes, Depending on When and Where It Is Written
  • Objection to Teaching the Truth about Columbus
  • The Result of All This is Boring History
  • Further Reading, a Video and an Invitation to a Dialogue

4-1-16 Possible second Viking site found in Newfoundland
Possible second Viking site found in Newfoundland
Satellite imagery has led archaeologists to what may be the second Viking settlement to have been discovered in North America. Excavations in southern Newfoundland last June yielded preliminary evidence consistent with a roughly 1,000-year-old Norse settlement, investigators announced March 31 in a press release. Sarah Parcak of the University of Alabama at Birmingham used high-resolution images taken from space to identify a spot where ground disturbances indicated the presence of buried structures. Work at the site, called Point Rosee, revealed remains of turf walls from a Viking-style structure. A small pit next to a boulder and a line of smaller rocks contained pieces of iron ore produced by heating bog iron, metal deposits formed from iron particles carried by rivers into wetlands.

4-1-16 New evidence of Viking life in America?
New evidence of Viking life in America?
A new discovery has revealed that the Vikings may have travelled hundreds of miles further into North America than previously thought. It's well known that they reached the tip of the continent more than 1,000 years ago, but the full extent of their exploration has remained a mystery, writes historian Dan Snow.

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The Truth About Columbus
A Subversively True Poster Book
for a Dubiously Celebratory Occasion

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse The Truth About Columbus
for explaining why this man is not worthy of our honoring him.