I don’t discuss Gregory Newson in my forthcoming book about the black Confederate myth, but he is certainly a very passionate and vocal advocate of this particular narrative. It’s easy to dismiss much of what Newson claims about the Civil War and other areas of American history, including the bizarre belief that not a single slave fought with the British during the American Revolution, but in doing so we lose sight of the many ways in which the past and present inform and give meaning to his life.
This short interview offers a window into why some African Americans have come to embrace the black Confederate narrative. What I take away from it is a reminder that what many of us are looking for is a “usable past” that compliments or reinforces how we experience the world.
Speaking of my black Confederates book, yesterday I learned that it should be delivered to the publisher by August 1, which means it should be on the shelves by the end of the month. Getting closer and closer. 🙂