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Posts Tagged ‘History’

Manning Marable Has Died

Scholar Manning Marable (pictured, via) has passed away. He was 60-years-old.

Marable served as professor of history and political science at Columbia University. According to The Root, he had been working on the biography Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention for a decade. Penguin Group (USA) released it today and currently holds the #4 spot on Amazon’s biography & memoirs’ bestsellers list.

His widow, Leith Mullings Marable, shared these thoughts: “I think he would want to be remembered for having contributed to the black freedom struggle. He would want to be remembered for being both a scholar and an activist and as someone who saw the two as not being separated. He believed that both [callings] went together and enhanced each other.”

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Our Virginia: Past and Present Texbook Includes ‘Misrepresentation’ of Civil War History

Fourth graders in a Virginia elementary school were given Our Virginia: Past and Present, a history book claiming that thousands of African-Americans fought as Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.

The Washington Post reported: “The author, Joy Masoff, who is not a trained historian but has written several books, said she found the information about black Confederate soldiers primarily through Internet research, which turned up work by members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Scholars are nearly unanimous in calling these accounts of black Confederate soldiers a misrepresentation of history.”

Despite the dissent, Masoff stood by what she wrote. She admitted that the portion in question came primarily through Internet research. In an effort to defend its book, publisher Five Ponds Press sent three of Masoff’s Internet links to the Washington Post.

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