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Writing History in the Digital Age

Dear AfriGeneas Writers:

Below is a link to an article about writing in the Digital Age. It's published by the University of Michigan Press. And it's part of their Digital Culture series.

Please note that its Chapter two discusses the internet's questionable but crowd pleasing myth
of black soldiers in the confederate army. This myth was soundly debunked by AfriGeneas military posters led by former AfriGeneas Military Forum Manager Bennie McRae. The article mentions an AfriGeneas discussion on the subject.

I'm sharing this with you because as family history writers, it presents a cautionary tale. We sometimes are seduced by "Pop History" on the web that could be linked to our ancestor's life. Or in the case of Wikipedia, as the article mentions, lulled into a thin thread of truth, thus making it an irrefutable about our family.

Only reputable websites hold the truth about the African American experience. So if your family oral history claims that your ancestor was in the rebel army in the Civil War, he may have been. But he Never served as a SOLDIER.

Enjoy reading this provocative chapter. It's not just about the Civil War. It's about getting our family history right.

K Wyer Lane
"History never lies...only the people who interpret it"

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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