The author of Memories of Yesteryear is Alexander W. Delk, who currently lives in Cleveland, Tennessee. Alexander W. Delk was born July 19, 1922 in the Union Hill community near the then small town of Goodlettsville, Tennessee. The area was then very rural, though is now somewhat less so. His father died two months earlier from injuries suffered in World War I. His mother remarried six years later and reared a second family. The author was reared in the home of his maternal grandparents from the time of his birth until adulthood. He attended rural Union Hill elementary school and graduated from Goodlettsville High School in 1940. He holds a B.A. degree from (then) Scarritt College in Nashville (1943), a master's degree in religion from Vanderbilt University (1946), and a master's degree in educational administration from the University of Tennessee (1959). He also has graduate work at the University of Illinois and elsewhere. He pastored rural Methodist churches for nine years, during which time he married his late wife, Faye Treadwell Delk on September 14, 1947 at Waynesboro Tennessee. In 1954 he came to Cleveland, Tennessee, as a member of the faculty of Lee College. In 1960 he and family moved to Urbana, Illinois, for further graduate work at the University of Illinois. The family spent the next thirty years in Illinois. He is retired from the Illinois public school system, having spent most of those years in either teaching or school administration. He and wife returned to Cleveland, Tennessee, in 1990. For the twenty-one years from 1991 t0 2012 he taught public speaking at Cleveland State Community College, retiring in May 2012 with a total of 57 years in education as a teacher/administrator. Mrs. Delk passed away December 19, 2005. They have four children, six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. He is currently active in the community and in two of its churches. He is a frequent speaker when the occasion arises. He may be reached at (423) 472-2664.
Since its first publication in 1995, Lies My Teacher Told Me has become one of the most important—and successful—history books of our time. Having sold nearly two million copies, the book also won an American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship and was heralded on the front page of the New York Times in the summer of 2006.
For this new edition, Loewen has added a new preface that shows how inadequate history courses in high school help produce adult Americans who think Donald Trump can solve their problems, and calls out academic historians for abandoning the concept of truth in a misguided effort to be “objective.”
What started out as a survey of the twelve leading American history textbooks has ended up being what the San Francisco Chronicle calls “an extremely convincing plea for truth in education.” In Lies My Teacher Told Me, James W. Loewen brings history alive in all its complexity and ambiguity. Beginning with pre-Columbian history and ranging over characters and events as diverse as Reconstruction, Helen Keller, the first Thanksgiving, the My Lai massacre, 9/11, and the Iraq War, Loewen offers an eye-opening critique of existing textbooks, and a wonderful retelling of American history as it should—and could—be taught to American students.
Since its original landmark publication in 1980, A People's History of the United States has been chronicling American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official version of history taught in schools—with its emphasis on great men in high places—to focus on the street, the home, and the, workplace.
Known for its lively, clear prose as well as its scholarly research, A People's History of the United States is the only volume to tell America's story from the point of view of—and in the words of—America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers. As historian Howard Zinn shows, many of our country's greatest battles—the fights for a fair wage, an eight-hour workday, child-labor laws, health and safety standards, universal suffrage, women's rights, racial equality—were carried out at the grassroots level, against bloody resistance.
Covering Christopher Columbus's arrival through President Clinton's first term, A People's History of the United States, which was nominated for the American Book Award in 1981, features insightful analysis of the most important events in our history.