Unsung Patriots: African Americans in America’s Wars
WebTalkRadio Interview by J. T. Crowley
Gene Bétit’s comprehensive study of America’s troubled past relative to Africa Americans over the past four hundred years, Collective Amnesia: American Apartheid, African Americans’ 400 Years in North America, 1919 – 2019, was enlightening, informative, and quite simply mesmerizing. The research behind this book took Dr. Betit five years. Since then, he has written three more books in a similar vein to this masterpiece. For a white man to delve into and expose the issues that Blacks have endured was at times hard for him to write about, and the result is this remarkable chronicle impeccably written taking one on a journey that for me was simply jaw-dropping.
Unsung Patriots: African Americans in America’s Wars is due out later this year. Gene has successfully obtained the services of literary agent Rita Rosenkranz of the Rita Rosenkranz Literary Agency in New York. The Publishers will be at the time of recording this podcast Stackpole Press, which specializes in military affairs. They are a subsidiary of Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.
In brief, both books are a synthesis of more than 150 historians’ work. Unsung Heroes has eight chapters that describe events that were not taught in primary or secondary school because the tragic events that unfolded are acutely embarrassing, and not in keeping with the stories we like to tell ourselves.
If racism and hate are to be eradicated from the American psyche, it is important surely that actual history is brought to light. It is equally important that African Americans’ achievements on the battlefield are recognized.