How to Interpret a “Black Confederate” Pensioner

Stay tuned. In the next few days I am going to be able to share some exciting news about who is publishing my black Confederates book.

In this short video historian Randolph “Mike” Campbell discusses the story of Guy and Dora Shaw of Harrison County, Texas. Guy Shaw applied for and was approved a Confederate veterans pension even though he was black. I haven’t spent much time with Texas Confederate pensions beyond a small set sent to me by Andy Hall, but this particular story raises a number of interesting questions about race relations at the turn of the twentieth century. Campbell’s own evaluation of the significance of Shaw’s pension begins at the 17:00 minute mark, which I pretty much agree with.

[Uploaded to YouTube on October 5, 2016.]

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2 comments… add one
  • Msb Oct 10, 2016 @ 7:08

    Congratulations on getting the book published, Kevin!

    • Kevin Levin Oct 10, 2016 @ 7:21

      Contract will be official in the next few days. Stay tuned. Thank you.

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