A Manuscript Gets a Title

Thanks again to all of you who helped with suggesting a title for my Crater book.  It needed something that conveyed the overall theme of race and memory without coming off as too academic.  As I mentioned to a friend last night, I want this book to appeal to folks who rarely look at anything beyond a stiff interpretation of Gettysburg.  Here are a few more titles that friends have suggested: “Big Hole in the Ground,” “A Change in the Landscape: Race, Politics, and Memory at the Battle of the Crater,” “Crawling From the Wreckage,” “The Crater of Race,” and “Lies White People Tell.”  My wife suggested that I call it, “First in Flight: A Southern History of a Different Kind”.

After serious consideration I decided to go with, “Murder Remembered as War: The Battle of the Crater”.  Thanks to Peter Carmichael for the suggestion.  It’s relatively short, to the point, and I like that it completely avoids the academic jargon.  My wife is finishing proofreading the ms. in time for delivery tomorrow.

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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10 comments… add one
  • J Maass Aug 4, 2010 @ 5:50

    Good choice.

  • Margaret D. Blough Aug 4, 2010 @ 2:51

    Love the title! Peter gives great advice (I guess it’s too late to change it to: “It’s Raining Confederates”)

    • Kevin Levin Aug 4, 2010 @ 2:51

      You are as bad as my wife. 😀

      • Margaret D. Blough Aug 4, 2010 @ 7:46

        I’d love to meet her; I like the way her mind works. Think about the title change for the 2nd edition. We could do a little promotional video, after we secure the rights to use the music from the song, “It’s Raining Men” & come up with the right lyrics (In order to scan properly, we’d probably have to change the title/chorus to “It’s Raining Rebs” 🙂

    • David B. Appleton Aug 4, 2010 @ 7:03

      Nice and concise, but I think “It’s Raining Rebels” scans better.

      • Margaret D. Blough Aug 4, 2010 @ 7:48

        David-Great suggestion!!! I modified it still further. I think I hear a single about to be recorded! 🙂

  • Richard Aug 3, 2010 @ 10:50

    Grand news!!
    It has been a pleasure watching this project develop.
    Now looking forward to actual publication.
    I expect a very worthwhile read.

    • Kevin Levin Aug 3, 2010 @ 11:06

      Thanks Richard.

  • Matt McKeon Aug 3, 2010 @ 9:12

    Peter’s title was very good. However what about:

    Hell’s Divot


    Fuck, What a Hole!

    • Kevin Levin Aug 3, 2010 @ 9:22

      Let’s try to keep it clean, Matt. I already had to reprimand my wife for her bad taste in choosing a title. 😀

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