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 Brewer, for inviting me to address this distinguished audience a second time. I presented on my first book, War’s Cost, two years ago.

I’m glad to present on any topic from Collective Amnesia: American Apartheid, African Americans’ 400 Years in North America, 1619-2019. You can get an idea of the broad range of possibilities from the book’s

Table of Contents:

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 Four    —           Devastation of the Confederacy

Chapter Five    —            Emancipation: and Reconstruction

Chapter Six      —           The Freedmen’s Bureau

Chapter Seven  —           “Redemption” and the “Lost Cause”

Chapter Eight    —          Jim Crow: Race Laws and Segregation

Chapter Nine     —         The World Wars and the Great Migration

Chapter Ten      —          The Civil Rights Era (1954 – 1980)

Chapter Eleven   —        Make America Hate Again

Chapter Twelve  —         Conclusions: Whither America?

Appendix One    —         Conclusions of UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent after January 2016 Visitation

Appendix Two   —          Illicit Lynching of Shadrack Thompson in Virginia, 1932


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