From Black Confederates to 12 Years a Slave

What happens when a black man dresses up for a Civil War reenactment in a Confederate uniform? Watch the video to find out.

In more serious news, check out this interview that David Blight recently did with NPR’s Terry Gross about 12 Years a Slave. I am hoping to see it this week.

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
  • Brad Oct 30, 2013 @ 7:16

    I thought it was pretty funny and if you need any convincing about the wisdom of re-enacting, there it is. I think some of you need to lighten up.

  • Douglas Egerton Oct 28, 2013 @ 10:50

    I understand that Mr. Kennedy was there as a humorist, but I’m sorry he fought the urge to correct the woman who told him that there were thirty thousand arms-bearing black Confederates. I could imagine students watching this and simply accepting his sardonic reply that those men were “misguided,” rather than understanding that they were actually nonexistent.

    • Kevin Levin Oct 28, 2013 @ 11:49

      I hear you, but I wonder whether Kennedy really understands this specific history.

      • Douglas Egerton Oct 28, 2013 @ 12:33

        Good point.

      • Bryan Cheeseboro Oct 28, 2013 @ 17:18

        He’s a comedian, not a historian. It doesn’t look like there’s much he understands about history.

  • John Tucker Oct 28, 2013 @ 9:16

    WONDER IF HE WOULD ALSO MAKE A MOCKERY OF ONE OF THE SLAVES AUCTION RE-ENACTMENTS?

    • Kevin Levin Oct 28, 2013 @ 9:30

      Probably not, but what’s your point?

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