A Civil War Myth That Won’t Go Away

Today The Post & Courier in Charleston published my op-ed in response to Monday’s proposal from two South Carolina legislators, who would like to see a monument to black Confederates erected on the State House grounds in Columbia. For many of you there is nothing new in this piece, but I believe that it is important to respond to elected leaders who choose to mythologize the past to serve their own agenda.

If Representative Bryan and Chumley are sincerely interested in honoring black South Carolinians who fought in the Civil War then they should propose erecting a monument to the men who served in the First South Carolina Regiment.

The timing of all of this is perfect as I will be delivering a talk on the ongoing debate about Confederate monuments in Charleston in a few weeks.

11 comments… add one
  • Msb Oct 12, 2017

    I just visited Charleston and, apart from nearly melting, hugely enjoyed tours on the city’s history, and particularly the slave market museum. I also enjoyed a new biography of Robert Smalls (wow! What a life!). What about a statue of Smalls, as a high-achieving South Carolinian involved in both local and federal government? Sorry my visit didn’t coincide with your lecture.

  • Kevin Dally Oct 12, 2017

    “I will be delivering a talk on the ongoing debate about Confederate monuments in Charleston in a few weeks.” Would there be a chance something that good, could be posted on YouTube for all of us to see?

    • Kevin Levin Oct 12, 2017

      I don’t believe that it is going to be recorded.

      • Adam Domby Oct 13, 2017

        When and where will you be speaking? Is it public, and can I send my students?

        • Kevin Levin Oct 13, 2017

          Unfortunately, it’s a private talk.

          • Adam Domby Oct 13, 2017

            Darn, well if you need more things to do in Charleston (like talking to my Civil War class) let me know 🙂

      • Michael Histand Oct 13, 2017

        Create a podcast. There is much interest in this.

        • Kevin Levin Oct 13, 2017

          I am busy enough as it is.

  • Wyatt Moulds Oct 12, 2017

    Give us a list of your favorite books on lost cause mythology!

  • Ad Powell Oct 14, 2017

    Where are the monuments to the thousands of white Southern soldiers who fought for the Union? Are there any?

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