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This history of African Americans since 1619 is a saga of racism and white supremacy not covered in the mythology about the Civil War and its aftermath taught in school. Chapters cover racism and white supremacy, slavery, service of US Colored Troops in the Civil War, devastation of the South, evolution of emancipation, and Reconstruction and the Freedmen’s Bureau.
Other chapters address the “Lost Cause,” “Redemption,” Jim Crow, blacks’ significant military contributions in both world wars, the Great Migration, the civil rights movement and the backlash that continues.
Contemporary issues, including white supremacy, Confederate statuary, the status of blacks compared to others are also addressed. Note is taken of James Whitman’s book exploring Hitler’s admiration of Jim Crow and our anti-miscegenation laws, as well as Richard Rothstein’s study of housing law and whites’ responsibility for creating ghettos.
Numerous photographs, tables, maps and charts make the book easy to read.
Thanks to a bold explorer, Jesse DeForest, thirty-two courageous Walloons arrived in Manhattan in June, 1624. Thirteen years later, three of his children arrived. Their descendants dispersed to Albany, Stamford, Connecticut and Hempstead. Long Island, while others remained in New Amsterdam. Three hundred years later, DeForests thrive in every state.
America’s growth is reflected by vignettes of twenty-three DeForests, plus seven from the female line, and eleven military leaders. David Curtis De Forest helped Argentina gain independence from Spain, became a wealthy privateer, and established a Yale family scholarship. DeForests (and family members with derivative names) were pioneers, farmers, clergy, explorers, industrialists, financiers, philanthropists, and missionaries who educated ex-slaves. This family’s story is a metaphor for the development of America..