Kevin Levin

You can't escape the history and heritage of the American Revolution in and around Boston and if you read and write about it you can't escape John L. Bell's fabulous blog, Boston 1775. Today is the 10th anniversary of John's blog and it's a big deal for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the [...]

A quick thought. Tomorrow the local UDC and SCV chapters in Charleston, South Carolina will commemorate Confederate Memorial Day in Magnolia Cemetery. It's a beautiful place that both evokes the scale of death that Confederates experienced and the lengths to which white Southerners went to honor their sacrifice during the postwar years. As the debate [...]

Update: Edgerton continues his march through Florida. H.K. Edgerton is currently walking across the state of Florida in support of Confederate heritage and the battle flag. Yesterday, while paying his respects at the Hemming Park Confederate Monument in Jacksonville, H.K. was approached by a couple members of a local KKK chapter, who took issue with [...]

Michael Brem Bonner, Confederate Political Economy: Creating and Managing a Southern Corporatist Nation (Louisiana State University Press, 2016). Nicholas Guyatt, Bind Us Apart: How Enlightened Americans Invented Racial Segregation (Basic Books, 2016). Sarah Haley, No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity (University of North Carolina Press, 2016). D. Peter MacLeod, [...]

Update: My friend and fellow local historian (and genealogist), Liz Loveland, reminds me that use of the census "obscures that people were illegally keeping people enslaved in free states." In other words, reliance on the census points to a sharper transition between slavery and freedom than is warranted. A map of slavery in the North [...]