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Dr. A. B. Wetherington


For my special studies paper this semester, I have chosen as my subject a topic about which I was totally in the dark--The Role of the Negro in American History. The sad part was that I wasn't even aware that I didn't know anything about this topic. In fact, I didn't even know there was such a topic. Before my sudden awakening to the highly significant role that the Negro has played in molding our history, I thought that the one and only intelligent Negro was George Washington Carver; after all, he was the only one mentioned in any of my history books.

It is with much shame and much resentment toward "certain" people of the supposedly superior white race that I say that I was a senior in college before I found out such carefully hidden facts as that there was a Negro who accompanied Christopher Columbus to the New World or that there were two Negroes who crossed the Delaware with Washington, to mention only a few!



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