Readers may have noticed that there have been no new blog postings since September. Relevant topics from Collective amnesia have hardly been exhausted; I’ve simply continued reading and made several major discoveries. Of course, I’ve also been busy giving a number of presentations addressing various topics covered by the book to receptive audiences. To my chagrin, I…

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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 Confederates  African American Troops in World War I and the Great…

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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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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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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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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 BarnesandNoble.com, Amazon.com and the publisher, Xlibris. In due time it will be available on…

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On Monday, January 14th I was informed that my graphics had finally been cleared, ending four and a half months of struggle. If you’ve never published a book, I don’t believe I can adequately describe the process of getting permissions or a license to use a given graphic. For me, the process was far more…

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The 93rd Division’s 369th Regiment was the first American unit to see combat, deployed to the front in mid-April 1918 and assigned a four-and-a half-mile sector by the French. At the time, the regiment comprised less than one percent of American troops in Europe, yet it held twenty percent of the territory defended by American…

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General John “Black Jack” Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Force, acquired his distinctive nickname from serving with the “Buffalo Soldiers” of the 10th Cavalry, which attacked San Juan Hill next to the Rough Riders. He was derided as “Nigger Jack” during his assignment as a tactical officer at West Point, but this was sanitized…

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