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.

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

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    • Probably not, but what’s your point?

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  • 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.

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

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      • Good point.

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

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  • 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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