Searching for Real Black Confederates in The Civil War Monitor
Well, that is at least the working title of an essay that will appear in the next issue of The Civil War Monitor. I just finished with the final edits and I am really happy with the final version. As far as I know there is nothing out there in a popular publication that deals with this tough topic. I do my best to bring some light to the relationship between slaveowners and their camp servants at war. It’s an incredibly frustrating and challenging topic and I don’t claim to have provided the last word. More than anything else, what I hope it does is raise questions and challenge assumptions on all sides – assumptions that almost always tell us more about the present as opposed to the past.
With that in mind, I hope my fellow high school history teachers will think about picking up a copy for their classrooms. I think the essay will work well in getting students to think critically about the slave-master dynamic and related issues related to the war generally.
It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Terry Johnston and his editorial team. They did a great job pushing back with questions that helped to improve both the narrative and analysis. It clearly reflects their commitment to put out a first-rate magazine that is both a pleasure to read and thought provoking.