In the next few weeks I am hoping to announce a book deal for my black Confederates project. In the meantime I decided to post the proposal to give you a better sense of the scope of the book. One of the things that I have tried to do is be as transparent as possible, in part to give you a sense of how the process works, but also to give you the opportunity to share your own thoughts. I benefited from your feedback while writing my Crater book and I have no doubt that it will be helpful here as well.
The proposal was completed this past spring and has already evolved. At first I was hoping to devote the first chapter to the war itself, but it became too long and ended up moving all of the material on the battlefield and the slave enlistment debate to another chapter. On the other hand, chapters 3 and 4 have been combined, though it is likely that the material on memory of camp slaves at the turn of the twentieth century will comprise two chapters. Chapters 5 and 6 have also been combined, but certain pieces are still up in the air. You get the picture.
I included a number of links and images that will allow you to explore certain topics in more detail. My hope is that this page will serve as a helpful introduction to the subject and give the reader a clear sense of my own thinking on various issues.
Unfortunately, I can’t say anything more about the publisher other than it is one of the more popular university presses that publishes Civil War history. We are waiting on one more outside report on the proposal and we should be good to go. Hang in there a little bit longer. 🙂