Not Your Grandfather’s Civil War Commemoration

Last month I gave a talk to the Rhode Island Civil War Round Table in which I offered an assessment of the first full year of the Civil War Sesquicentennial celebrations and commemoration.  I decided to work on it a bit more and I am pleased to share it with you in The Atlantic.  It looks like I will be writing for The Atlantic on a fairly regular basis as long as my schedule can accommodate it.  Last week’s review of the Gingrich novel was a huge success.  It led to an interview on public radio, but most importantly, it is connecting me to a much broader audience.  Thanks again to Jenni Rothenberg at The Atlantic, who has been an absolute pleasure to work with.

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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15 comments… add one
  • Doug didier Dec 16, 2011 @ 0:42

    For what it’s worth..

    Excellent piece of work..

    Article captures the mood of our times..

    Perhaps Gone With the Wind..

    Is going with the wind..

    • Kevin Levin Dec 16, 2011 @ 2:32

      Thank you very much for the kind words. Glad to hear you enjoyed the essay.

  • Martha Swan Dec 15, 2011 @ 2:54


    Congratulations on your news from The Atlantic! It’s wonderful that you’ll be expanding your audience.


    • Kevin Levin Dec 15, 2011 @ 3:05

      Hi Martha,

      Nice to hear from you and thanks for the kind words.

  • Bob Huddleston Dec 13, 2011 @ 17:12

    And you are joining a long list of distinguished Civl War era writers in the best magazine in the Country! Congratulations!

    • Kevin Levin Dec 13, 2011 @ 17:14

      Thanks, Bob. Life is good.

  • Pat Young Dec 13, 2011 @ 13:36

    Great. Very important for the public to understand that this commemoration is not all moonlight and magnolias, swords and cannons. I work primarily with Latinos and Asian immigrants and the folks I speak to are fascinated about the way the war remade citizenship, but not so interested in what Jackson said the night he was shot.

    • Kevin Levin Dec 13, 2011 @ 13:48

      That sounds like very interesting work. I will be taking part in a teacher workshop this summer that will focus on how to teach the Civil War to minorities and at-risk students. I would love to hear more about how you approach your audience.

  • Ray O'Hara Dec 13, 2011 @ 10:37

    Good for you Kevin. I’ve long considered Atlantic to be the best US magazine and this is quite the feather in your cap.
    Congrats indeed

    • Kevin Levin Dec 13, 2011 @ 10:46

      Thanks, Ray.

  • John Buchanan Dec 13, 2011 @ 10:18

    Awesome…I knew I got the magazine for a reason!

    And just in time for ChirsmaHanaWanzaa!

    Well Done.

  • Ben Railton Dec 13, 2011 @ 9:23

    Great stuff, Kevin! Now two of (I’d say) the four or five best people writing online (or anywhere else) these days about American history, memory, race, and more are both at _The Atlantic_!


    • Kevin Levin Dec 13, 2011 @ 9:26

      Thanks, Ben. I really do appreciate that. The Atlantic is one of my favorite publications and I can’t tell you how exciting it is to be included.

  • Andy Hall Dec 13, 2011 @ 8:13

    Congrats, Kevin.

    • Kevin Levin Dec 13, 2011 @ 8:14

      Thanks, Andy.

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