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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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  • David Woodbury Apr 23, 2010 @ 19:51

    At least they didn’t park the General Lee in the handicapped spot.


    • Nat Turners Son Apr 26, 2010 @ 12:12

      Folks in the South still practice good manners.

      • Robert Moore Apr 26, 2010 @ 12:45

        Generally true, NTS, but… I do need to point out that this picture is evidence of a discourteous driver… the car is double-parked πŸ™‚

  • Jarret Ruminski Apr 23, 2010 @ 15:34

    For as long as I can remember, I’ve dreamed of a place where I could purchase my very own Boss Hogg T-Shirt…

    • Leonard Lanier Apr 24, 2010 @ 5:17

      I hope they’re right next to the “Cooter for Congress” apparel section.

  • Nat Turners Son Apr 23, 2010 @ 9:59

    The doors didn’t open because they were welded shut ala NASCAR . I loved watching the Dukes of Hazzard.

  • Corey Meyer Apr 23, 2010 @ 8:22

    So, is the confederate flag a revered symbol of southern bravery and heritage or is it a cheap marketing tool?

    And don’t they know that the Duke’s Gen. Lee never had doors that opened? Geesh!

    • Kevin Levin Apr 23, 2010 @ 9:33

      I guess this is the farb version of the Gen. Lee.

  • Robert Moore Apr 23, 2010 @ 6:18

    I wonder if they would accept some ideas for expanding their broad selection of logos and designs depicting items of interest to Southern Heritage… got some great ideas for some Southern Unionists images πŸ™‚

    • Kevin Levin Apr 23, 2010 @ 9:32

      Hell yeah. I can think of a number of Virginia unionists who are just as bad ass as Lee, Jackson, and Stuart.

      • Robert Moore Apr 23, 2010 @ 12:02

        Well, that does it then! I’m inspired and am looking into having a special edition Southern Unionists t-shirt designed… in traditional Union navy blue… I’ll keep you posted.

        • Kevin Levin Apr 23, 2010 @ 13:01

          You just sold your first t-shirt.

        • Margaret D. Blough Apr 26, 2010 @ 13:39

          Robert, this is your second t-shirt order. May I suggest James Petigru as a subject?

          • Robert Moore Apr 26, 2010 @ 13:46

            Oh gosh! Thanks, Margaret. There are so many great Southern Unionists that can be portrayed, but I think I have to limit it to four of them on the initial shirt (lest we turn the shirts into gaudy portrayals as we see in other shirts… wink, wink). I’m even thinking of just focusing on Virginia’s Unionists in the first shirt… and then Alabama, and so on, and so on… if there is an interest in expanding into a few more shirts. It would make for an interesting collection to have a shirt for each Southern state… most definitely if one attends a reenactment or Civil War Round Table event while wearing them. πŸ™‚

            • Margaret D. Blough Apr 26, 2010 @ 14:03

              Robert, Don’t forget Kentucky and Cassius Marcellus Clay! Maybe we could do a set of playing cards as well with Elizabeth Van Lew (Crazy Bet) as the Queen of Hearts

              • Robert Moore Apr 26, 2010 @ 14:39

                While the playing cards are a bit out of my league in ability to design, it would be fun to see who would be represented on each card.

                Yes, the Kentucky Southern Unionists would be an interesting shirt… especially with Lincoln’s face on it πŸ˜‰ You already have me thinking about a Maryland shirt as well.

                • Margaret D. Blough Apr 26, 2010 @ 16:17

                  Robert-Would you consider East Tennessee as a separate category or as part of an overall Tennessee series? I’d think Parson Brownlow would be an obvious choice.

        • Greg Rowe Apr 26, 2010 @ 14:53

          Robert, sign me up for a shirt!

          Kevin, my encounter in this store during Spring Break 2009 and visiting with the clerk and a few other customers was probably the most intellectually frustrating ten minutes of my life! I didn’t meet these nice folks, just some belligerent ol’ guy who complained that history teachers get it all wrong. It got real quiet and I left soon after revealing I was a “goddamned public school history teacher, spouting revisionist propaganda.” At least that was the clerk’s opinion of my profession and seemed to be the general consensus of others in the store.

          • Kevin Levin Apr 26, 2010 @ 14:59


            Nice to hear from you. Well, at least we are not pedaling crap and reducing a rich regional history down to idiotic slogans. πŸ˜€

          • Robert Moore Apr 26, 2010 @ 17:00

            Hey, Greg! I was wondering where you have been. I’ll put you down for a shirt!

  • Bob Pollock Apr 23, 2010 @ 4:52

    That’s Branson, Missouri! I lived in Branson from 2003-2008. I used to joke with my wife that some night I was going to put up a big sign in front of this place that said “UNION FOREVER!” I was working briefly at the Titanic Museum down the street when a young girl came in wearing one of their t-shirts that had a Confederate battleflag and the inscription “If this flag offends you, you need a history lesson.” I wondered what “history lesson” that might be.

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