~Press Release ~
Collective Amnesia: American Apartheid, African Americans’ 400 Years in North America 1619-2019, is a comprehensive study of the treatment African Americans have encountered since arriving in Virginia in 1619, documenting a saga of racism and white supremacy, a history seldom taught in school. Numerous tables, photographs, maps, charts, and extensive footnotes make the study easy to read and provide documentation.
Chapters address white supremacy and racism, slavery, US Colored Troops’ major contribution ending the Civil War, the devastation of the South, the evolution of the process of Emancipation, and Reconstruction. Other chapters address the Freedmen’s Bureau, “Redemption” and the “Lost Cause,” Jim Crow, blacks’ significant military contributions in both world wars, the Great Migration from the South, the civil rights movement, and the backlash that continues today. The twelve chapters are chronological but stand alone. Cumulatively, they make the 502-page study a compelling read.
The book also addresses contemporary issues, including white supremacy, Confederate statuary, and the status of blacks compared to other groups in society. Note is taken of Professor James Whitman’s observation that Hitler adapted our Jim Crow and anti-miscegenation laws as a basis for the Holocaust, and of Richard Rothstein’s study of federal and local housing law, documenting whites’ responsibility for creating inner-city ghettos. There are two appendices, one providing the thirty recommendations made by a United Nations Commission after their 2016 visitation, the other documenting an illicit lynching in Virginia in 1932.
This book is extremely relevant due to the 400th anniversary of African Americans’ presence in North America in 2019, accompanied by a resurgence of racism encouraged by the White House.
Book Published: Mid-February 2019 as eBook (978-1-7960-1107-9), $3.99; paperback (978-1-7960-1106-7), $23.99; and hardbound (978-1-7960-1105-0), $34.99. Paperback edition discounted by Amazon.com ($21.59), Barnes & Noble.com ($22.24), as well as the author’s website and blog, genebetit.com ($20). The book is returnable and available wholesale for more than five copies from the author at $18. Sold on the author’s website (genebetit.com) for $20 per copy, including S/H. This is also my blog, featuring aspects from Collective Amnesia, with continual additions.
I look forward to your comments, as well as evaluations of my books posted on any and all of the websites mentioned above, particularly my own. I value dialogue.
~ Author’s Bio ~
Dr. Eugene DeFriest Bétit served twenty years in the US Army as a military intelligence analyst and German and Russian linguist. Selected for the Soviet Foreign Area Officer’s program, he studied Russian in California, Garmisch, Germany, and Georgetown University. where he received a MA and Ph. D. After retiring from the Army, he taught German and Russian at an Arlington high school two years before embarking on a quarter-century career in various aspects of social justice, primarily affordable housing.
He recently published War’s Cost: The Hites’ Civil War and Manhattan’s Walloon Settlers: Jesse DeForest’s Legacy, also available through Barnes and Noble, Books-a-MIllion, Amazon, and genebetit.com.
Bétit and his wife Sheila live at Lake Holiday near Winchester, Virginia after living in Arlington 35 years. He is a docent at Belle Grove Manor and has served as a volunteer with the National Park Service at Cedar Creek and as the librarian for the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation, all in Middletown, Virginia.