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Jim Loewen’s address at the 2010 Leadership in History Awards Banquet. Loewen speaks of the misconceptions commonly pervaded throughout history classes in America.

He first speaks of the minimal history classes that an average museum visitor takes, and the diluted quality of the classes themselves. He then breaks down some sites that make historic claims that are wildly inaccurate and shares ideas of how they became to be historical knowledge.

He speaks of getting it right beginning with the language used to describe historical events, inaccurate notions about the Civil War, and the nadir of race relations, including Native Americans and African Americans.

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