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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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 Memoriam II and Review

By Gene Betit | March 9, 2019 |

Looking over my email last week when we returned from Florida, I realized that Jimmie Locke had sent me a last email right after his 88th birthday, shortly before his death. These are words I will treasure forever! * * * * * * * * * Friday, December 29, 2018, 9:29 AM Geno- I…

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Collective Amnesia: American Apartheid Published!

By Gene Betit | February 23, 2019 |

After three years of research and writing, plus three and a half months of struggling to obtain copyright permissions for the graphics in the book,  Collective Amnesia: American Apartheid, African Americans’ 400 Years in North America, 1619-2019, is finally available at, and the publisher, Xlibris. In due time it will be available on…

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Past Presentation at William and Mary’s Lemon Project

By Gene Betit | February 17, 2019 |

I gave a fifteen-minute presentation on the role of US Colored Troops in the Civil War at William and Mary University’s Lemon Project 9th Annual Symposium on Saturday, March 16 at the School of Education in Charlottesville. The Lemon Project ‘s theme was “Celebrating Legacies, Constructing Futures: Four Hundred Years of Black Community and Culture.” For…

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