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.

About the author: Thank you for taking the time to read this post. What next? Scroll down and join the discussion in the comments section. Looking for more Civil War content? You can follow me on Twitter. Check out my forthcoming book, Searching For Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth, which is the first book-length analysis of the black Confederate myth ever published. Pre-order your copy today.

7 comments… add one
  • John Tucker Oct 28, 2013 @ 9:16

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

    • Kevin Levin Oct 28, 2013 @ 9:30

      Probably not, but what’s your point?

  • Douglas Egerton Oct 28, 2013 @ 10:50

    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 @ 11:49

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

      • Douglas Egerton Oct 28, 2013 @ 12:33

        Good point.

      • Bryan Cheeseboro Oct 28, 2013 @ 17:18

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

  • Brad Oct 30, 2013 @ 7:16

    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.

Now that you've read the post, share your thoughts.