My Hero

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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  • Kevin Levin Jun 16, 2007 @ 6:59

    Hi Rob, — Now you are MY HERO! A year ago my brother was in a similar position and he did the exact same thing. He absolutely loves being back in school studying history and preparing to become a teacher. Good luck with your move.

  • robpom Jun 15, 2007 @ 23:11

    Kevin – I have been on the fence about becoming a teacher. I am 36 and just quit my high paying job to go back to graduate school in history. This video inspired me and I really think I may have found my path I have been searching for.

  • matthew mckeon Jun 15, 2007 @ 16:33

    Our principal played an audio tape of this speech for the faculty during a meeting. My colleagues and I thought of additional lines to enhance its meaning.

    “I make your child die a little by sarcastically belittling his attempts to answer. I make 18 years old men, old enough to vote, old enough to die in war, ask for permission to go to the bathroom. And sometimes I say no. But most of all, I make happy hour after school everyday.”
    Ah..good times.

  • Kevin Levin Jun 15, 2007 @ 6:44

    Hey Mannie, — Yep, he seems like a pretty cool dude.

  • Mannie Gentile Jun 14, 2007 @ 20:19

    We’ve got the same hero.

    Teach on! (and enjoy your summer)


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