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Award-winning historian to speak at Furman Nov. 7

Loewen is the author of several books about how the public understands—and misunderstands—its past.

Award-winning author and historian James W. Loewen will speak on the Furman University campus Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in Younts Conference Center about the rise of the neo-Confederate South in the 1890s and the shadow it still casts over America today.

His talk, “The Most Important Era in U.S. History You Never Heard of, and Why It’s Especially Important at Furman,” is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Furman’s Humanities Development Fund; the Task Force on Slavery and Justice; and the Departments of History, Politics and International Affairs, and Education.

Loewen has authored several books about how the public understands—and misunderstands—its past. His best-selling book, Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong (2007), analyzes the myths and mistakes promoted on monuments across the country. His book, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High School History Textbook Got Wrong (1995), takes aim at the historiographic errors endemic to America’s educational system.

After graduating from Carleton College and earning his Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University, Loewen taught in Mississippi at Tougaloo College, a historically black college founded by the American Missionary Association after the Civil War. He later spent 20 years teaching race relations as a professor at the University of Vermont.

For more information, contact Furman’s News and Media Relations office at 864-294-3107.

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