In Which Weary Clyburn’s Life and Memory are Lost

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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  • Billy Yank Jul 19, 2008 @ 22:02

    Nevermind…working now.


  • ploeg Jul 19, 2008 @ 22:01

    Well, there’s this piece from the 1974 Thames (UK) series, World At War, where this Japanese veteran talks about the comfort girls:

    “Most of the comfort girls for the enlisted men were, many were Korean. And I must say, I respect all of them very much, because who else would come to the front lines to give us the last entertainment for us, for many of us, on this earth?”

  • Ken Noe Jul 19, 2008 @ 21:48

    Matt: James Cobb used to give a talk that started with modern Japanese denials of war guilt and war crimes in World War II. Once he got the audience really up in arms about it, he started drawing comparisons to the Lost Causers. It was something to see.–Ken

  • Marc Ferguson Jul 19, 2008 @ 21:44

    “To accept one’s past — one’s history — is not the same thing as drowning in it; it is learning how to use it. An invented past can never be used; it cracks and crumbles under the pressures of life like clay in a season of drought.” – James Baldwin, _The Fire Next Time_

  • Cash Jul 19, 2008 @ 21:31

    Okay, so how could Clyburn’s “ancestors” be honored by this ceremony? This whole thing reeks of ignorance.


  • Billy Yank Jul 19, 2008 @ 21:16

    It says the video is no longer available.


  • Matt McKeon Jul 19, 2008 @ 20:57

    A couple of years ago I read an account of the battle for Okinawa, written by a Japanese officer who survived. In it he mentions “comfort women” several times, women, usually Korean, forced into prostitution to service Japanese military personnel.

    I am looking forward to an announcement by the Sons of the Imperial Army, lauding the Japanese army of World War II as both ethnically inclusive and pioneering the role of women in the military.

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