My Next Book Project

After weighing a number of things I have decided to write about the history and memory of Robert Gould Shaw for my next book project. It is a project that will look closely at two very different individuals.

Additional questions? Feel free to fire away in the comments section below.

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  • Paul Taylor Dec 22, 2017 @ 7:33

    Hi Kevin – I thought I read sometime back that you were working on editing a collection of letters pertaining to the 55th (?) Massachusetts. Did you set that aside or has it morphed into something else?

    • Kevin Levin Dec 22, 2017 @ 7:59

      It didn’t pan out for a number of reasons.

  • Annette Jackson Dec 19, 2017 @ 15:04

    I am looking forward to your book having read the others on Shaw you mentioned.

  • Joshism Dec 17, 2017 @ 19:37

    Sounds quite interesting!

  • woodrowfan Dec 17, 2017 @ 6:39

    When can we reserve copies? BTW, will you be at the AHA in DC??

    I enjoyed “Glory” although sometimes I still think of it as “Ferris Buehler Frees the Slaves.” I have used the Antietam amputation scene in classes.

    • Kevin Levin Dec 17, 2017 @ 7:32

      When can we reserve copies?

      Once again, I appreciate the enthusiasm, but I just started researching.

      I haven’t been to an AHA in over ten years. Have fun.

  • Meg Groeling Dec 16, 2017 @ 10:09

    Thanks for not doing Elmer Ellsworth! Huzzah!

  • James F. Epperson Dec 16, 2017 @ 7:50

    I always thought Broderick did a great job in that film.

    • Kevin Levin Dec 16, 2017 @ 7:59

      I agree completely. In fact, I agree even more having just finished reading his personal correspondence. Obviously, there are issues with the film, which will be explored in the section of the book on memory.

  • Dave Dec 16, 2017 @ 5:13

    Good choice! When do you anticipate finishing the book?

    • Kevin Levin Dec 16, 2017 @ 5:21

      LOL. Thanks for the enthusiastic response. While I have been thinking about Shaw for years I have only gotten down to doing serious research in the past week. Spent a day at the Boston Athenaeum reading letters to Shaw’s mother after his death at Wagner and I have read all of his published letters in Duncan’s Blue-Eyed Child of Fortune. In the next few months I am going to write up a book proposal and begin looking for a publisher. I am also planning on writing up an article for one of the Civil War magazines about Shaw’s relationship with Colonel James M. Montgomery, who is featured as a villain in Glory.

      At this point it is too early to say when it will be finished, but I have to say that I am very excited about this project. Of course, I will keep everyone updated as to my progress. Thanks again.

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