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Setting the Record Straight: American History in Black & White

November 1st, 2010

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Setting the Record Straight is a unique view of the religious and moral heritage of black Americans, with an emphasis on the untold yet significant stories from our rich political history. The material presented is ground-breaking and revolutionary, leaving viewers amazed and inspired.

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History Books Setting the Record Straight is a unique view of the religious and moral heritage of black Americans, with an emphasis on the untold yet significant stories from our rich political history. The material presented is ground-breaking and revolutionary, leaving viewers amazed and inspired.

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  1. Pamela J. Johnson
    November 1st, 2010 at 20:58 | #1


    Setting the Record Straight: American History in Black & White This is an excellent book that finally shines the light of truth on the dirty little secrets of who really started the KKK. Everything this author writes he backs up with records in the library of congress in the bibliography of the book. So take off your partisan glasses and see the truth. This is not a republican diatribe, it is the truth and it’s truth that is long, long over due.

    Read it as an American, not as a republican or democrat. Frankly both parties have let down the entire country, how anyone could defend either is beyond me. We need a 3rd party!

    Want the truth READ THE BOOK!!!!!!!!!

  2. Colorgirl
    November 5th, 2010 at 20:50 | #2


    I have collected history books for many years. I have been an avid student of history since I was quite small- collecting books from the 1800′s and even 1700′s if I could find anything (which I once did but it got lost).

    Anyway, I would normally not do this, but I saw this DVD and was so amazed that I sat with my mouth open much of the time. Never have I seen so much valuable information gathered in one place about the REAL history of the US and Black America that is not twisted to manipulate the viewer.

    What we saw in this DVD literally changed our lives in a positive way. If I had the ability I would purchase tons of these to distribute to students throughout the US of all races to give hope and pride back to us all. We have been manipulated over the years to believe and feel things that are not entirely true.

    This collection of information gives dignity back to both white and black people of the US. It does not hide anything bad, but it shows a lot of good as well. The DVD was exceptional- the real roots of the Democratic and Republican parties (which are well known facts, not contortions of reality) was very well done.

    Did you know that there were MANY black men in Congress BEFORE the Civil War? Not just one.

    I was astonished at the COMPLETE quotes from Frederick Douglass not just the truncated ones that travel around in the depressing museum displays that we have been inundated with around here.

    This book is a must for every US citizen (and anyone else who wants to learn about US history). It unites instead of divides and that is precious these days when everythings seems geared to manipulate division instead of true unity between races in the US.

    wallbuilders site is a wonderful resource where you can also see posters and visual aids as well as the media production of this title.

  3. Robert Simmons Jr.
    November 6th, 2010 at 15:25 | #3


    Absolutely excellent book that should be required reading for all black americans that wish to really learn about their history. For hundreds of years there has been a clandestine effort by the Democrat party to either enslave or oppress the black americans. However, this history has been hidden from them and in fact black americans vote in majorities for Democrat candidates. Unfortunately the history continues as these people are kept subservient and under control by addicting them to welfare instead of helping them succeed and forwarding the pernicious lie that minorities are some how inferior as to not be able to succeed without the government’s help.

    In this book the reader will learn about the first black speaker of the house in 1870, the thoughts of Frederick Douglass on the constitution after he had embarked upon a study of it and the real genesis of the Klu Klux Klan. This book will make you angry. Angry at the injustices committed upon fellow human beings. Angry at the wrath of tyranny unleashed by Democrats on anyone who was black or was white and advocated for black rights. Angry that you have not been taught this part of history of the country. And angry that the story has been twisted for political gain for 200 years.

    However, the book will empower you as well. It should be required reading for all black Americans.

    Start your discovery with the following video and then buy and read this book:


  4. V. Coccaro
    November 7th, 2010 at 12:06 | #4


    This rewiew is based on the DVD rather than the book. If you can’t find the DVD here, go to wallbuilders website. This DVD is Strong, documented history. I personally know many good black people who always vote democratic just because they think that they are supposed to. They have (sadly) not taken the time to look into the History of either political party. The same can also be said of many white people as well. History is ALWAYS valuable. When one watches this DVD (or reads the book) he will see which of the two major political parties has done the most to help black folks. Also highly recommended – “Unfounded Loyalty” by Rev Wayne Perryman.

  5. McGribble
    November 8th, 2010 at 00:40 | #5


    I have recently become very much interested in learning everything about our history as a country. That means the good and the bad. Until now, I was unaware for many of the individuals in talked about in this book. I find that to be a shame. They men are heroes of this nation and should be celebrated as such. Regardless of race, every American should read this book!

  6. Tracy A. Jelinek
    November 9th, 2010 at 23:34 | #6


    I bought this book because it was featured on the Glenn Beck show…this book is VERY enlightening! Anyone interested in learning Early American History should read this book. We really should be teaching this in school! Minority children would be so uplifted if they were taught this version of history!

  7. Ed
    November 10th, 2010 at 12:27 | #7


    This was an amazing DVD full of primary sources as is the case in all of Barton’s works. This may be his best work yet. I appreciate someone who takes the time to research and present the facts. It’s difficult to argue with the records of Congress up through the 1960′s, which show that Democrats voted against almost every opportunity to provide equal rights for African Americans. You have got to see this for yourself. I’m not a Republican, and I won’t pledge my allegiance to that party, although I do agree with most of what it stands for today. I do wish Barton would have spent a little more time on one of my heroes, Martin Luther King, Jr., but there is so much material that is covered (about 2 hours covering the Founding Fathers, the Constitution, Reconstruction, acts of Congress, and the civil rights movement in the 50′s and 60′s). Hopefully Barton can make a DVD on the life of MLK, who I have found to be a devout man of God and a prophet to our country. Based on my studies of the man, I cannot believe King would be at all happy with the politics and anti-Christian stances of modern Democrats. I loaned this DVD to a couple of friends, who also deeply appreciated the video. An excellent history lesson.

  8. Henry Kadoch
    November 10th, 2010 at 22:58 | #8


    David Barton does a great service to all Americans and black Americans in particular by bringing back to life much of their long-lost history in our country. One cannot but be amazed that so much that is clearly documented has been “erased” from our memories and our history books.

    In this short and well-written book is a complete revision of what has come to be accepted as the narrative of black American history. Not only do the facts debunk many accepted myths, but the history of the Democratic Party and black Americans is a real surprise for most of us.

    Here it is, as Barton states; in Black and White, everything any honest black American needs to know to understand how he has been manipulated and deprived of the real story of his predecessors, and of which political party has always been on the right side of the Civil Rights struggle from the start. Suffice it to say that were it not for the Democrats’ obstructionism and reversal of Republican efforts, most Civil Rights laws now on the books would have been a reality more than 50 years before they came to be. Simply an eye-opener!

  9. R. Woolsey
    November 11th, 2010 at 07:43 | #9


    I am finding this book more informative than any history book that I studied in elementary or high school. I am proud of the Black Americans who became educated and served the people of our country. It is quite a shame that Democrats squelched the ambitions of so many of our Black forefathers.

    This should be a must read in all inner city public schools so that they can see the truth in which party empowered them and which party has been enabling them with all the wrong information and with coercion and letting them think that the Democrats are here to help them. It is only a falsehood created to secure their vote now as it was over a century ago.

    America deserves the truth!

  10. Doc
    November 11th, 2010 at 07:48 | #10


    A great deal of information contained in “Setting The record Straight: History In Black and White,” I was previously aware of. However, there was plenty I found to be “eye opening.” But the most important reason to read this book is, it contains all of the information needed to verify the information it contains.

    By citing historical and public records available to anyone, and giving one these resources, this book does more than “open your eyes.” It feeds your mind and teaches you to not accept many of the established sources of politically correct messages about the origins of this country, and the self-serving politically slanted “truths” that are 180-degrees from reality. Buy it, read it, and check the resources for yourself – if you dare!

  11. William L. Foster Jr.
    November 12th, 2010 at 02:25 | #11


    History I should had learn in school or in college. I will be give this book to my 13 year old child. This book should be part of any history class.

  12. J. Scott Sheridan
    November 13th, 2010 at 17:30 | #12


    Very eye opening. The context of history and politics is so often forgotten with the passage of time. Democrats will not like this book.

  13. Avon Or Beverly Acker
    November 14th, 2010 at 00:03 | #13


    I learned things I had never heard in school and I have a college degree and masters work. Highly recommend.

  14. BumperVA
    November 14th, 2010 at 01:30 | #14


    David Barton did a great job writing this book. It was a quick and easy read that gave me a lot of history I’d never learned about before.

  15. Dwayne McNeil
    November 15th, 2010 at 22:32 | #15


    This book, “Setting the Record Straight: American History in Black & White” by David Burton is a must read for all those who are fearful of receiving revisionist history mingled with opinionated editorial but desires straight truth and well-researched evidence. It is my standard custom to highlight passages in a book for a personal quick reference in the future but this piece is so ladened with intriguing facts, brash truth and overt history that I would have gone through multiple highlighters trying to keep up. Barton wastes no time as you buckle up and get launched into the American Revolution with black patriots such as James Armistead, a spy who made the critical 1781 Yorktown victory that established America as an independent nation then to Peter Salem who was stalwart in the 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill. Being a native of Boston, Mass. I was embarassed in all the history around me that I did not know. He continues with Prince Whipple and Oliver Cromwell who served under General Washington during the American Revolution, both portrayed (along with a woman named Mary Ludwig Hays) in the historic painting called “Washington Crossing the Delaware” by Emanuel Leutze in 1851 commemorating the event.

    Barton continues along this journey and things that have been right in front of your face is dramatically revealed to you for the first time, NOW coupled everything with truth and facts that ties it all together. From the 2 parties (the Whigs and the Democrats) failing to do anything about slavery gave way to a new party called the Republican party, created to deal with slavery. Then to Reconstruction with Frederck Douglas and his personal enlightenment to his former misconception (similiar to most people today) about the Constitution, the Federalist Papers, and the Declaration of Independence which he concluded in considering the fairness of the Constitution that, “The Constitution is a glorious liberty document…Now, take the Constitution according to its plain reading and I defy the presentation of a single pro-slavery clause in it. On the other hand, it will be found to contain principles and purposes entirely hostile to the existence of slavery.” Barton slams open the door of truth so aggressively that it barely hangs on its hinges as you continue down history placing the Copperhead Democrats and the Republican parties in its proper context and perspective that shattered my misconception and political notions of the parties. From a anti-slavery Democrat of Charles Sumner who was violently beaten with a club by Democrat Preston Brooks for speaking against slavery on the floor of the Senate to later Sumner leaving the Democrat party to be one of the key founders of the new Republican party. Guess which party in the South of 1866 started a group whose declared purpose was to break down the “black supremacy” Republican government, threaten the 98% black Republicans voters and former slaves from the polls and had open and active members of Congress members of this organization? Give up? The party starts with a “D” and the group starts with a “K.”

    Barton’s book ignites a fire of curiosity and hunger for more with his book that chronicles black history but can never be removed or divorced from American history. Each step along the way Barton exposes the fortitude, compassion and brevity of the human spirit and condition when black and white Americans fought, bled, were lynched and murdered standing for the cause of liberation and freedom for blacks and all Americans. Barton equips you with the knowledge of historical integrity and for myself as a black man, a relentless desire to learn more to understand myself, my experience, my history and enrich the lives of others through truth. David Barton has performed a magnificent task in this work and it should be read by all those who sincerely want to peak through the current veil of political deception, public school miseducation and historical theivery to see the potent intensity of American history.

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