This video is from the Georgia state assembly on April 20, 2007. I assume that it is part of the overall discussion concerning a state proclamation that would acknowledge and apologize for the state’s role in slavery. Rep. Benton estimates that 65,000 blacks fought for the Confederacy. He compares their service with the large numbers of blacks who fought with the colonies against Britain during the Revolution. At one point he makes the claim that blacks would never have thought about joining ranks with the British. I guess he never heard of Lord Dunmore’s Proclamation. Anyway, enjoy the silliness.
Representative Tommy Benton of Georgia Lectures on Black Confederates
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