Forbidden, Forgotten, Formidable Presentation

By Gene Betit | March 12, 2022 |

I recently presented a PowerPoint lecture, part of The Village’s Life-Long Learning series covereing African Americans’ arms-bearing history from early colonial times to the present. Revolutionary War During our War for Independence, slave owners were reluctant to arm their enslaved chattel, but two factors permitted about 7,000 blacks to serve during the Revolutionary War: insufficient…

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What’s in the Hopper??

By Gene Betit | February 17, 2022 |

The injustice that African Americans have received in the US preoccupies me! I pretty much research, read and write nonstop, and I have completed two books in addition to Forbidden, Forgotten, Formidable: Blacks in America’s Wars. The first in order of importance (to me) is a book for youth, African Americans in American History, which…

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The Search is over; two publishers and an agent!!

By Gene Betit | February 8, 2022 |

In my last post, I shared that I was getting “antsy” in my search for a publisher for Forbidden, Forgotten, Formidable: Blacks in America’s Wars. Lo and behold, less than two weeks later not one but two publishers expressed interest in the book. Not only that, but a fellow author shared the name of his…

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Forbidden, Forgotten, Formidable Cover

By Gene Betit | January 1, 2022 |

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…

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Reflection on Black Veterans’ Service

By Gene Betit | November 11, 2021 |

Forbidden In colonial times, blacks’ military service was generally resisted unless necessary to offset the threat from Native Americans, or later, the British recruitment of blacks. Both George Washington and the Continental Congress initially forbade the recruitment of African Americans. When too few whites enlisted and British forces welcomed threatening numbers of blacks into their…

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African Americans in American History — Issues by Chapter

By Gene Betit | January 30, 2021 |

Preface                       This book does not present African American history, but rather that part of American history whites have ignored. In 1950, the United States’ population was about ninety percent white; in the seventy years since whites have aged significantly and their birth rate has barely sustained itself. Meanwhile, an influx of immigrants, many of them…

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White Advantage or Privilege

By Gene Betit | January 23, 2021 |

Awareness In the wake of George Floyd’s death last May, Americans of all backgrounds, ages, and races participated in months-long demonstrations, marred in some cases by violence. Initially, there were massive demonstrations around the world, which still continue in the US. Some believe the issues are complex, but they are basically simple. Are all humans…

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By Gene Betit | November 5, 2020 |

One subject that is seldom addressed in standard US history courses is Redemption. Small wonder, since it concerns the means whereby white Southerners wrested control of local and state governments from the black and white Republican majority– a process that lasted decades and involved terrorism — murder, wide-spread violence, threats of violence, fraud and intimidation,…

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Preface to African Americans in American History, 1526 – Present

By Gene Betit | October 16, 2020 |

We must always take sides.Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encouragesthe tormentor, never the tormented.Elie Wiesel The subject matter of this next book is not African American history, but American history which includes aspects that white Americans considered unimportant, painful, or attempted to ignore. Blacks have contributed much to this country, and the…

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American Slavery

By Gene Betit | October 5, 2020 |

Blacks debarking from the White Lion It is commonly believed that the history of African Americans in English North America began in August 1619, when the White Lion, an English privateer based in the Netherlands, traded “20 and Odd Negroes” captured off Mexico from a Portuguese slave ship for food. Because these first blacks were…

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