Forbidden, Forgotten, Formidable Cover

I’m getting a tad antsy waiting to hear from “traditional” publishers regarding my current work of love, so I whipped up a potential cover for the book. I hope to find a publishing house that will do this study justice because African Americans have stood by America in most of our darkest hours in the hope of being recognized as men and fellow citizens.

The colonists were so blinded by greed and short-sightedness that planters refused to allow arming slaves in South Carolina, directly leading to the Patriots’ greatest disaster of the war, the capture of Charleston, and the surrender of the entire army defending the city. Blacks made up roughly twenty percent of the colonies’ population, and, as in the Civil War, the side that put the greatest number of blacks under arms would win. Congress and Washington initially refused to use freemen or enslaved individuals, but England’s enlisting them to the side of the Crown, and the reluctance of whites to enlist for extended periods resulted in a grudging acceptance of black soldiers — and spies.

General Colin L. Powell
First Reserve Officers Training Corps graduate to serve as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

The study is organized into eight chapters comprising about 230 pages, including 37 pages of endnotes and 70 graphics. The first chapter covers colonial wars, the Revolution, and the War of 1812; Chapter Two addresses US Colored Troops’ service during the Civil War. The third chapter covers the Confederates’ desperate and ultimately unsuccessful deliberations over arming African Americans, while Chapter Four explores Congress’s authorization of four regular army regiments of “Buffalo Soldiers” from 1866 to 1951. Chapters Five and Six cover both World Wars, while the seventh explores the 24th Infantry, the last segregated regiment’s service during the Korean War. Chapter Eight explores the tremendous progress made by integration since the Vietnam War, culminating in a decisive victory in Desert Storm, led by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell. It also explores the tremendous strides made in all three major service academies. Two appendixes list African American Medal of Honor recipients and 400 black general and flag-rank officers. There is also an extensive bibliography, organized by chapter.

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Gene Betit

Retired intel analyst with Ph. D. in Soviet Area Studies from Georgetown, love to write. Two Defense Intelligence Agency studies, over ten magazine articles on Soviet military and strategic capabilities. Current publications include War's Cost: The Hites' Civil War, Manhattan's Walloon Settlers, Collective Amnesia: American Apartheid, and Forbidden, Forgotten, Formidable: Blacks in America's Wars.

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