From Black Confederates to 12 Years a Slave

What happens when a black man dresses up for a Civil War reenactment in a Confederate uniform? Watch the video to find out.

In more serious news, check out this interview that David Blight recently did with NPR’s Terry Gross about 12 Years a Slave. I am hoping to see it this week.

7 comments… add one

  • John Tucker Oct 28, 2013

    WONDER IF HE WOULD ALSO MAKE A MOCKERY OF ONE OF THE SLAVES AUCTION RE-ENACTMENTS?

    • Kevin Levin Oct 28, 2013

      Probably not, but what’s your point?

  • Douglas Egerton Oct 28, 2013

    I understand that Mr. Kennedy was there as a humorist, but I’m sorry he fought the urge to correct the woman who told him that there were thirty thousand arms-bearing black Confederates. I could imagine students watching this and simply accepting his sardonic reply that those men were “misguided,” rather than understanding that they were actually nonexistent.

    • Kevin Levin Oct 28, 2013

      I hear you, but I wonder whether Kennedy really understands this specific history.

      • Douglas Egerton Oct 28, 2013

        Good point.

      • Bryan Cheeseboro Oct 28, 2013

        He’s a comedian, not a historian. It doesn’t look like there’s much he understands about history.

  • Brad Oct 30, 2013

    I thought it was pretty funny and if you need any convincing about the wisdom of re-enacting, there it is. I think some of you need to lighten up.

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