Welcome, I’m Kevin Levin
No, the name doesn’t rhyme.😉 I live and work in beautiful (and sometimes cold) Boston, Massachusetts.
I am a historian with a specialization in the history of the American Civil War and the history of Confederate monuments. I have over twenty years experience teaching a wide range of classes in American history on the high school and college levels.
When I am not focused on history I am usually listening to music, playing the bass guitar, taking long walks with my wife through the city or just hanging out with my two cats, Mose and Clara. It’s a good life.
My Latest Book
Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth is the first scholarly study to address and debunk this longstanding myth.
The book explores the many roles that enslaved men played in the Confederate war effort, how their stories eventually were distorted to maintain a culture of white supremacy during the Jim Crow era, and why people continue to embrace the myth.
Searching for Black Confederates is an ideal introduction to the continued debate over the legacy and meaning of the Civil War and the current controversy surrounding Confederate monuments.
Don’t take my word for it:
Kevin Levin has provided this mythic problem what it dearly needs–a carefully researched and beautifully written history, first of wartime itself, then of the Lost Cause memorial period, and then of the Civil War sesquicentennial in which the question of blacks in gray would not die. Levin’s book needs to be widely read as a rich history drawing the life out of a lethal narrative of wish fulfillment.—David W. Blight, author of the Pulitzer-prize winning Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
Public Speaker & Advisor
Over the past fifteen years I have delivered presentations to a wide range of audiences. My presentations are educational, engaging, and will leave you wanting to learn even more.