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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7 comments… add one
  • Sherree Nov 4, 2008 @ 5:28

    Hi Kevin,

    I just noticed that my name did not appear on my comment for some reason. I am sure you knew the comment was mine, however, if for no other reason, than the comment is long winded! lol

    Happy election day to everyone. Celebrate our democracy, and Go Vote!!

    Have a good day, Kevin, and, as always, thanks for the hard work you do in maintaining this blog.

  • Sherree Nov 4, 2008 @ 7:01

    You’re welcome on the nominations. You deserve them. Hope you win!

  • Kevin Levin Nov 4, 2008 @ 6:37

    Thanks Sherree. I especially appreciate the Cliopatria nominations.

  • Anonymous Nov 1, 2008 @ 6:06

    Hello again, Kevin,

    Now this image–as opposed to the “rednecks” for Obama sign–is quite fascinating, and could represent a glimpse into a future in which we truly are beyond racial and regional divisions. I learned how not to be racist from the black men and women and the white men and women of the Southern community in which I was brought up long before the time we are now in, and that is a South that I want to honor. The Confederate flag, to me, still has too many bad memories associated with the injustices suffered by the black men and women who were the friends and colleagues of my parents during the civil rights era for me to accept the flag’s display. I don’t think that this person is racist, however, which is truly outside of my thinking and experience, and it would be interesting to know how this person sees the world. I, and many others, have within “living memory”, as Robert Moore so beautifully articulates this issue on his blog (hi Robert!) the most painful memories of the use of the Confederate flag during the civil rights era and I am unable to get beyond that. It all has to do with mother’s best friend who was denied access to the white hospital when she was having a difficult pregnancy, as I have told you before, and who would have lost her twins and maybe her life if a white doctor had not intervened and made the hospital admit her. I can’t seem to get past that memory, (and my mother’s friend’s beautiful, haunted face as she told me that story) and maybe it is not a memory to get past, but to honor. There were many brave men and women in the South during the civil rights era–both white and black–and to deny their experience is to deny a critical part of our nation’s history. Those men and women didn’t need to be taught what was right and what was wrong; they already knew, and they put their time, effort, and sometimes their lives on the line to make certain that truth won out in the end–black men and women, and white men and women. If even one black man or woman is uncomfortable with the display of the Confederate flag; the flag should come down, in my opinion. Thanks, Kevin.

  • Ken Noe Oct 30, 2008 @ 10:08

    “White folks in the South who drive pickup trucks with Confederate flag decals on the back ought to be voting with us, and not them, because their kids don’t have health insurance either, and their kids need better schools too….I still want to be the candidate for guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks. We can’t beat George Bush unless we appeal to a broad cross-section of Democrats.” — Howard Dean, November 1, 2003.

    “YEAHHHHHH!”– Howard Dean, reading Civil War Memory, October 29, 2008.

  • Kevin Levin Oct 30, 2008 @ 7:58

    Another “traditional” southerner corrupted by “revisionist” academics and the liberal media. So sad. (LOL)

  • Robert Moore Oct 30, 2008 @ 7:30

    Kevin, You are going to short circuit somebody with this photo!

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