Revised Black Confederates Manuscript Off to the Publisher

A number of you in the past few weeks have asked for an update on the progress of my black Confederates manuscript. I am pleased to report that earlier today I sent off the revised manuscript to The University of North Carolina Press.

This revised manuscript benefited from the comments of two anonymous reviewers chosen by the publisher. I also want to thank Andy Hall for taking the time to read and comment on the first four chapters as well as Colin Woodward, who reviewed one of the earlier chapters for me.

From here the manuscript will be thoroughly reviewed by the editorial team at UNC Press. I am close to finalizing roughly 20 illustrations that will accompany the text. The manuscript is 325 pages, including the bibliography or roughly 72,000 words of narrative text.

I haven’t heard anything certain about a publication date, but I will be sure to pass it on to you once I hear from the publisher.

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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14 comments… add one
  • Stephen Pope May 28, 2018 @ 6:31

    How can i share a Facebook post from another person with you?

    • Kevin Levin May 28, 2018 @ 6:46

      The easiest way is probably to cut and paste the content and/or the URL.

  • woodrowfan Apr 28, 2018 @ 5:44

    I look forward to it…

  • Andy Hall Apr 26, 2018 @ 17:19

    Thanks for giving me the opportunity to read and offer comments on parts of the manuscript. I think people who have only a passing knowledge of your blogging on the subject will be surprised at the scope and depth of the work. It’s impressive.

    Also, Happy Birthday, Old Man!

    • Kevin Levin Apr 27, 2018 @ 1:32

      Thanks again, Andy. I think I just scored my first book blurb. πŸ™‚

  • Eric A. Jacobson Apr 25, 2018 @ 16:55

    You troublemaker…..congratulations. πŸ™‚

    • Kevin Levin Apr 26, 2018 @ 2:37

      Thanks, Eric.

  • Diane Hyra Apr 24, 2018 @ 15:12

    Congratulations, Kevin! I can’t wait to read it. πŸ™‚

    • Kevin Levin Apr 25, 2018 @ 6:21

      Thanks, Diane. I appreciate the kind words.

  • Msb Apr 24, 2018 @ 11:06

    Yay, a step closer to having the book in my hands!

    • Kevin Levin Apr 24, 2018 @ 11:14

      A huge step closer. πŸ™‚

  • Carl Anderton Apr 24, 2018 @ 10:19

    It’ll be interesting to see how the other side, the people who claim vast numbers of armed black confederates without serious documentation, respond.

    • Kevin Levin Apr 24, 2018 @ 10:20

      It should be pretty obvious how they will respond. Keep in mind that I didn’t write this book for that specific group.

  • Meg Apr 24, 2018 @ 9:32


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