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"This quiz is based on James Loewen's book called "Lies Across America", which talks about historic sites of a questionable nature."
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Loewen talks of the very corporate Mining Museum in Leadville, Colorado. He notes the multiple absence of important and major labor leaders. The most famous of these, he says, helped found the IWW, lead the Criple Creek strike, and was the National Secretary of the Western Federation of Miners. Who was this leader?
John L. Lewis
Big Bill Haywood
Small Sam Haymarket
Jim F. Smith
According to Loewen a historical marker in Nye County, Nevada indicates a nuclear test site. Loewen states that these tests have caused a number of residents of two cities to develop leukemia. Which?
Ogden and Salt Lake City, Utah
Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada
St. George and Cedar City, Utah
Reno and Carson City, Nevada
What does NOT help further the following myth: It was unknown the world was round prior to Columbus.
A statue in Sacramento, CA
The poster-book "The Truth About Columbus"
A line from Star Trek V
A statue in Columbus, OH
Where is the original cabin Abraham Lincoln was born in?
Coney Island, New York
What is true of John C. Calhoun and his relationship to Calhoun County, Alabama?
He burned 20 buildings in it.
He never set foot in it.
He was the mayor of a major city in it.
He owned a large plantation with slaves in it.
Loewen talks about the United Daughters of the Confederacy dedicating a fountain in Helena, Montana in 1916. What does Loewen NOT consider strange about this donation?
Montana was not even a territory during most of the civil war.
Montana had no confederate soldiers.
Montana did not allow women to live there at the time of the Civil War.
Montana hardly had any union soldiers.
Which of these is true of the Lincoln Memorial (according to Loewen)?
During its dedication in 1922, whites and blacks stood together throughout the ceremony.
It has transcended time.
Bacon designed it to make Lincoln one with the common person.
John F. Kennedy led a celebration at it in 1963 to mark the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Next, we turn to a statue in Lexington, Kentucky. Confederate General John H. Morgan's horse Bess is featured in this monument. What is unusual about the horse?
General John H. Morgan and Bess didn't exist.
Bess, a female horse, is sculpted as a male horse.
Bess was actually his wife and not his horse.
Bess was actually a camel.
According to Loewen a state capital "was one of the great centers of the slave trade, but today the city contains not one historical marker or site alluding to the buying and selling of human beings." (Loewen p. 302) The area that used to be a major slave market, is now around where Broad street passes over Interstate 95. Until 1865 African Americans called it "the Devil's Half Acre". Where is it?
According to Loewen, what is the most toppled monument in the United States?
White League Obelisk (New Orleans)
Haymarket Monument (Chicago)
Horrible Indian Massacre (Almo, Idaho)
Columbus Statue (Sacramento)
Loewen talks about the offensive nature of places names such as "Devil's Lake" in North Dakota and "Devil's Tower in Wyoming". Why does Loewen state such place names are offensive?
They are insulting to some groups of Christians.
European Americans often gave these names to sacred sites precisely when they learned they figured into Native religions.
Irish Americans gave these names to such places to offend German Americans.
Loewen does not consider these names offensive.
What is unusual about the monument in Manhattan, New York, that is a commemoration of the sale of the island of Manhattan for twenty-four dollars?
It was been proven that land ownership was a connect unknown and not understood by the Native Americans who lived on the land.
The Dutch payed the wrong tribe for the Island.
The Native Americans only thought they were selling about 1/10th of the island.
The Native Americans thought the sale was for land in Delaware.
Now before you think that all monuments in the United States are historically incorrect or bad, where is the monument that Loewen calls "What a Monument Ought to Be"? It consists of a white officer in front of a black regiment called the 54th and is called the "Shaw Memorial".
Providence, Rhode Island
San Fransisco, California
What doesn't Loewen suggest doing with the "Horrible Indian massacre" monument in Almo, Idaho?
Moving it to a museum, with labels talking about the climate of hostility towards Native Americans.
Moving it to an outdoor location in Boise, Idaho.
Moving to a museum, with labels describing how people can and do falsify history.
What is NOT a question Loewen suggests asking when visiting a historical monument?
Who sponsored it?
When did the location become a historic site?
Who is left out?
What state is the site located in?
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Compiled Jun 28 12