This is the second video that I’ve posted from the Virginia Historical Society’s traveling exhibit, “An American Turning Point”. This one addresses the issue of conscription, but it also introduces visitors to women as political agents. It’s always nice to see an exhibit move past the traditional and one-dimensional image of Civil War era women as Melanie Wilkes caricatures.
Virginia Historical Society Interprets Confederate Conscription
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