• Rick Beyer, The Greatest Stories Never Told: 100 Tales from History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy. New York: Harper, 2003, 22.
  • (2) James W. Loewen, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything the American History Textbook Got Wrong. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007, 33-37

American Myths: Christopher Columbus


The story of Christopher Columbus—how much of it is story? Throughout the growth of Columbus into a near-mythological figure, additions and subtractions have been made to and from his life, accompanied by shifts in how he is perceived and memorialized. Decide whether these statements about Columbus (and his holiday) are true or false.