As I type this my completed manuscript is on its way to the University of North Carolina Press. From here the manuscript goes to copy-edit, where it will be reviewed for spelling and grammatical errors. It has been a hectic couple of weeks that I am thrilled is over.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, UNC Press is anticipating a Fall 2019 publication date. I am already receiving speaking requests, which I am doing my best to respond to this far out. Feel free to contact me to begin the conversation.
One of the things that I’ve been thinking about is a companion website that explores additional primary sources as well as ideas for how teachers might introduce this subject and the broader issues it raises in the classroom.
Of course, I will keep all of you updated as the process moves forward. I was reminded the other day that the entire process, from the book’s inception to abandonment to eventual completion has played out on this blog.
It’s been a wild ride.
Looking forward to getting this one! FYI, in my book I document the names of black US Navy prisoners of war who were captured in battle along the Texas and Louisiana coast. They were either thrown into the CS Negro Labor Bureau to work on CS fortifications or sold back into slavery. If they were freedmen from the north then they were forced to work on fortifications or be jailed. Some were requisitioned as body servants to CS officers. Contraband sailors (runaway slaves) were sold off. A few actually escaped as well.
It would have been a minor miracle indeed if the C.S.A. had been able to recruit, equip, arm, train, and deploy black soldiers in the few weeks between the Confederate Congress authorizing it, and the fall of the Confederacy. So the idea that there were few or no black soldiers in the C.S.A. Army is hardly surprising. But the idea that blacks served as Confederate Soldiers is not the most persistent myth of The War for Confederate Independence. The idea that the war was fought to liberate persons held to service holds that ignominious distinction.
Congratulations! Looking forward to reading it.
Congratulations! I hope it destroys another southern apologia.