Gene’s Blog

The “Lost Cause” — What Does It Mean?

The Southern account of the Civil War began to be written almost as soon as the guns went silent. Edward Pollard, the wartime editor of the Richmond Examiner, published his 752-page The Lost Cause: A New Southern History of the War of the Confederates in 1866....

Presentation in Winchester’s Handley Public Library April 18

On, Saturday afternoon April 18, 2020, at 2 PM in Handley Regional Library's Robertson Auditorium (Winchester) I will deliver a lecture on "US Colored Troops' Decisive Role ending the Civil War -- and Black Confederate Soldiers' Lack of Impact."  The talk will be...

US Colored Troops and Black Confederates Presentation at Lake of the Woods

I had the pleasure of presenting a lecture, "US Colored Troops' Decisive Role in the Civil War -- and Black Confederates" to Lake of the Woods Civil War Study Group Friday morning. I am indebted to the gentleman standing in the rear, the group's president Charles...

The “Lost Cause” — What Does It Mean?

The Southern account of the Civil War began to be written almost as soon as the guns went silent. Edward Pollard, the wartime editor of the Richmond Examiner, published his 752-page The Lost Cause: A New Southern History of the War of the Confederates in 1866....

Speaking Topics

I have prepared presentations, roughly half an hour to an hour in length, but adaptable to your requirements, on the following topics: Summary of Collective Amnesia Findings White Supremacy and Racism  Decisive Role of US Colored Troops in the Civil War -- and Black...

Past Speaking Engagements

On Friday, August 23, at 10:30 AM Lake of the Woods Study Group, in their Clubhouse Great Hall, 205 Lake of the Woods Parkway, Locust Grove 22508 (Lake of the Woods is a gated community; access by permission only) I had the pleasure of presenting to a gathering...

White Supremacy and Racism

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...

Kirkus Review of Collective Amnesia: American Apartheid

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...

Were There Black Confederate Soldiers?

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...

Presentation in Winchester’s Handley Public Library April 18

Review of Collective Amnesia by Online Book Club

By Rosemary Wright » 14 Mar 2019 Official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Collective Amnesia: American Apartheid" by Dr. Eugene DeFriest Bétit ________________________________________ 4 out of 4 stars ________________________________________ Collective Amnesia: American...