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  • Hardcover: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Five Ponds Press (2010)
  • ISBN-10: 098241336X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982413364
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #960,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I became interested in this book, "Virginia Past and Present," by Joy Masoff after reading Kevin Sieff's Washington Post article of Oct. 20, 2010.

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According to his story, the issue, of Masoff stating that thousands of blacks fought for the South, was brought to light by William & Mary historian, Carol Sheriff who states, "It's disconcerting that the next generation is being taught history based on an unfounded claims instead of accepted scholarship."

Sieff fails to mention that both Carol Sheriff and David Blight, both used as sources in the article, are coauthors of a school textbook themselves, "A People and A Nation" (Houghton Mifflin, 2008) ,therefore this creates a conflict of interest and puts their credibility in question as unbiased sources.

Sieff, also uses historian James McPherson of Princeton University,who won the Pulitzer for his book "Battle Cry of Freedom," in 1989,as a source. Again, the Post writer leaves out the fact that, McPherson is an anti-Confederate extremist. McPherson went as far as signing a petition in 2009, asking President Obama not to lay a wreath at the Confederate Monument at Arlington Cemetery, to honor the dead soldiers. The Arlington Confederate Monument,was created by Jewish-American sculptor, and former Rebel, Moses Jacob Ezekiel, and displays an African American Confederate soldier marching with European American Confederate soldiers.

James M. McPherson, knows that blacks fought for the Confederate Army. He wrote the Foreword on the book, "On the Altar of Freedom.
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This book has a lot of useful information in it. Gives a great overview of Virginia's history. I recommend it for elementary age children.
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yes same books use at school helps me understand what they are learning in school
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