White Supremacy and Racism

By Gene Betit | June 15, 2019 |

Sadly, white supremacy and racism are much in the news these days. Our president recognized “good people” among the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and similar groups in Charlottesville in August 2017, encouraging them.   The greatest paradox of America has been the existence of castes of people excluded from the Declaration of Independence’s central premise…

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Kirkus Review of Collective Amnesia: American Apartheid

By Gene Betit | May 19, 2019 |

COLLECTIVE AMNESIA: AMERICAN APARTHEID African Americans’ 400 Years in North America, 1619-2019 Eugene DeFriest Betit Xlibris (502 pp.); February 14, 2019 BOOK REVIEW An accomplished American historian explores the roots and effects of the mistreatment of African Americans in the United States. Much of the history in Bétit’s (War’s Cost, 2016, etc.) carefully researched and…

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Were There Black Confederate Soldiers?

By Gene Betit | May 2, 2019 |

I’ve already published an essay on this topic, but since Southern Mythology asserts that some slaves fought for the South, I’ve re-examined the topic with important new insights: Some things are certain. Many masters or their sons took slaves to the field as orderlies, and in some, probably many instances those slaves actively participated in…

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Review of Collective Amnesia by Online Book Club

By Gene Betit | April 2, 2019 |

By Rosemary Wright » 14 Mar 2019 Official review of “Collective Amnesia: American Apartheid” by Dr. Eugene DeFriest Bétit ________________________________________ 4 out of 4 stars ________________________________________ Collective Amnesia: American Apartheid, by Dr. Eugene DeFriest Bétit, contains the history of racism in the United States. It tells about the racial prejudice against African Americans since…

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Table of Contents

By Gene Betit | March 22, 2019 |

Collective Amnesia: American Apartheid, African Americans’ 400 Years in North America, 1619-2019 Chapter One              Racism and White Supremacy: America’s “Original Sin?” Chapter Two              Slavery: America’s “Peculiar Institution” Chapter Three           United States Colored Troops — and Black Confederates Chapter…

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Cause of the Civil War

By Gene Betit | March 15, 2019 |

According to official Confederate mythology, states’ rights, not slavery, was the issue that caused the brutal war that went on so long, as if either issue would have meant much to most of the illiterate Southern yeoman farmers who constituted the bulk of Southern soldiery. In fact, there were a number of counties that refused…

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Collectlive Amnesia Press Release

By Gene Betit | March 14, 2019 |

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. The book documents a saga of racism and white supremacy, history seldom taught in school. Numerous tables, photographs, maps, charts, and extensive endnotes make the study…

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What Got me Started

By Gene Betit | March 14, 2019 |

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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Review of my First Book, War’s Cost by Online Book Club

By Gene Betit | March 12, 2019 |

I am gratified by Rosemary Wright’s review of my first book, War’s Cost: The Hites’ Civil War for the Online Book Club on March 8th. It’s hard to believe that I have written three books in little over three years, and I was in a steep learning curve when I wrote this one! Nonetheless, Ms.…

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In Memorium

By Gene Betit | February 14, 2019 |

My friend Dennis Quinn — and many others — lost a special man a week ago. His name was Jimmie K. Locke,  our boss in Vietnam. We gave the morning briefing to the three-star general who commanded II Field Force, which controlled the many US divisions in the corps that included Saigon. Jim was a…

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