Ron Maxwell’s Kickstarter Campaign Canceled

You could tell from the beginning that this campaign was doomed to fail. It wasn’t at all clear how the money raised would be used, not to mention what the final product would look like. Crowdfunding demands a good deal of research, especially when the goal is a quarter of a million dollars, but most importantly it calls for a certain amount of respect for the community from which the funds are to be raised.

Ron Maxwell Kickstarter Canceled

Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth

“Levin’s study is the first of its kind to blueprint and then debunk the mythology of enslaved African Americans who allegedly served voluntarily in behalf of the Confederacy.”–Journal of Southern History

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10 comments… add one
  • Andy Hall Jul 7, 2014 @ 15:47

    Kickstarter works very well if you’ve got the right concept.

  • Brooks D. Simpson Jun 5, 2014 @ 11:55

    Kevin Levin slays another Kickstarter campaign, once more earning his nickname, KevinStopper.

    • Kevin Levin Jun 5, 2014 @ 12:27

      Maxwell used his Facebook page to announce his Kickstarter campaign, but has said nothing today re: its cancellation. Apparently, he thought it was more important to post a scene from G&G on desertion. Yes, we should take advice from Stonewall Jackson when dealing with desertion.

      • Forester Jun 5, 2014 @ 23:43

        Is he implying that people should be shot for not donating?

        “Stinginess is not a solitary crime.
        It is a crime against the tens of thousands of Kickstarter campaigns posted on the World Wide Web.
        Against all those who have sacrificed.
        Against all those who have DONATED.
        Against all the women and the children we have left alone to fend for themselves because our money went to crowd-funding movies.
        I regard the crime of stinginess as a sin against the Internet.
        Duty is ours, the consequences are … um …. Dang it.
        You all suck.”
        — Ron Maxwell (paraphrased)

        • Kevin Levin Jun 6, 2014 @ 3:48

          Interesting interpretation. 🙂

  • Brendan Bossard Jun 5, 2014 @ 11:53

    I confess that my prediction that he would meet his goal is a flaming wreck, and was from the git-go. I figured that there would be enough people who would want to give him another chance, and $250,000 is not a lot in Hollywood terms. Obviously, I was wrong.

    • Kevin Levin Jun 5, 2014 @ 12:30

      I figured that there would be enough people who would want to give him another chance, and $250,000 is not a lot in Hollywood terms.

      I suspect that there are enough people, but Maxwell failed to deliver sufficient information to convince them to open their wallets. There was absolutely nothing to motivate a donor. #EpicFail.

      • Brendan Bossard Jun 5, 2014 @ 14:56

        Good point. And, yes, epic fail. But what is life without something to laugh at now and then?

  • Scott A. MacKenzie Jun 5, 2014 @ 10:52

    There is something richly satisfying about this.

    • Kevin Levin Jun 5, 2014 @ 11:05

      I thought the idea behind the project was intriguing, but from what I can tell, Maxwell has given the project details very little thought. At least it didn’t come through the description for the campaign.

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