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    an appropriate racial descriptor for General Dumas. African American was clearly out, but using the term used during his lifetime, American, would make little sense to current American readers. So I used the term black from the title.

    When General Dumas led his troups into battle against the Austrians in the Alps,

    “[ Dumas] flies from one city to another, from one village to another, hacking everything to pieces,” runs one account, “capturing two thousand prisoners here, one thousand there, he performs truly fantastic charges.” The Austrians came up with a name for the relentless French general who stalked them through the snow: die schwarze Teufel, the “Black Devil.”
    Reiss, Tom (2012-09-18). The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo (p. 207). Crown Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

    We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty - Edward R. Murrow

    by Susan Grigsby on Mon May 06, 2013 at 07:02:02 PM PDT

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