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Forbidden, Forgotten, Unforgettable: Blacks in America’s Wars

By Gene Betit | June 1, 2021 |

I’ve just completed a third new book, Forgotten Warriors: African Americans in American’s Wars, examining America’s tendency to prohibit blacks from bearing arms until a national emergency compels their service. Once the crisis passes, their heroics, service, and achievements are quickly forgotten. This books fills a huge void in America’s understanding of our debt to…

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What Got me Started

By Gene Betit | March 14, 2021 |

Having lived in Virginia for about 51 of my 76 years, I decided to audit a course in Virginia history taught by Professor Warren Hofstra at Shenandoah University nearly eight years ago. I was surprised when Warren emphasized racism, a subject I never thought much about. I should have, because for more than two decades…

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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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African Americans in American History

By Gene Betit | January 30, 2021 |

History, despite its wrenching pain, Cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, Need not be lived again. Maya Angelou This is the preface of my forthcoming book: The subject matter of this book is not African American history, but rather American history white male elites considered unimportant or attempted to ignore. Blacks have contributed…

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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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Updated Presentation List

By Gene Betit | December 30, 2020 |

In this era of Covid-19, I have given a number of Zoom presentations. Each is a PowerPoint presentation, roughly half an hour to an hour in length. Each topic is adaptable to your required length and covers the following topics: Summary of Collective Amnesia’s Findings White Supremacy and Racism White Privilege or Advantage  Decisive Role…

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Redemption

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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The Advantage of Being “White” or White Privilege

By Gene Betit | October 18, 2020 |

In the wake of George Floyd’s death last May, millions of Americans from all backgrounds and races participated in demonstrations, marred in some cases by violence. After Floyd’s murder, there were massive demonstrations around the world, and they have continued across the United States more than three months later. The issues at stake are complex,…

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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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