Slavery

That includes the North Carolina Museum of History and the Office of Archives and History. Earl Ijames on Weary Clyburn: Weary Clyburn was one of thousands of slaves who served in the Confederate Army, Ijames said. There’s no way to quantify the number of slaves who served. “But it’s in the thousands, easy.” People today [...]

Earlier today fellow blogger and historian, Brooks Simpson, left a comment offering to host a debate between myself and Earl Ijames at Civil Warriors. Sounds to me as if Earl Ijames has challenged Kevin Levin to a duel, so to speak. Now, by the code duello, Mr. Levin has choice of weapons. I assume he'd [...]

One of the reasons why it is important for serious historians to publish in peer-reviewed journals is that it provides the community with stable reference points.  Scholarly publications are intended to add to our knowledge of the past by providing rich interpretation along with supporting documents that can be verified.  In this setting interpretation can [...]

Looks like Earl Ijames is taking his "black Confederate" roadshow out once again.  We first met Mr. Ijames, who works as a curator at the North Carolina Museum of History, in the summer of 2008 in a series of posts I did on Weary Clyburn [and here].  In a comment contained in the second link [...]

I have been giving this question some thought since our recent discussion surrounding the upcoming movie about Patrick Cleburne and the broader black Confederate narrative.  As many of you know I've been committed to responding to some of the more outlandish claims in the news and on numerous websites.  My goal has not been simply [...]

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