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 discovered that African Americans arrived in North America far sooner than 1619. Our view of history has been too Anglo-Saxon-centric!! So, I’ve been working hard on a second edition.
The Spanish brought Africans with them on their voyages of discovery in the 16th century. The captain of Columbus’ Nina, Alonso Pietro, was Afro-Portuguese, and blacks, both Conquistadores and slaves, landed in Florida in the early 1500s. The oldest city in the United States, St. Augustine, Florida, founded in 1565 had both free blacks and slaves, but the Spanish established a settlement at Allyón in what is now Georgia in 1526, although it did not survive, like Sir Walter Raleigh’s failed colony at Roanoke, now Dare County, North Carolina.
Another reason for a second edition is practical: I have discovered that neither the New York Times nor The Washington Post review self-published books. This makes no sense to me, but I am certain that this book needs to be read by a wide audience, and the cachet provided by their reviews is essential.
Let me know if you know a publisher that might be interested. I am not going to pay to have the next edition published!!
James Madison Muesum, Orange, Virginia, August 2019