The Southern account of the Civil War developed almost as soon as the guns went silent. Edward Pollard, 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. Considering the technology of the time, this was a virtuoso feat, because this…

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Slavery, racism, and genocide, America’s horrors, are seldom discussed in the “manifest destiny,” of our “shining beacon on a hill.” It is difficult, nearly impossible, to separate the phenomenon of slavery from racism and white supremacy since both of the latter were used to justify permanent enslavement of African Americans. Nor is this a sectional…

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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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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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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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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 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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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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