Though the book has been shipping to those of you who pre-ordered it, today is the official publication day for Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth. The response has been overwhelming and I can’t thank those of you enough who have taken the opportunity to pre-order the book. The sales thus far have far exceeded all of my expectations.
You should start to see the book in your local chain store or independent bookseller. Of course, you can order it online direct from UNC Press, at Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Please consider supporting your local independent bookseller if at all possible.
A number of you have asked and I am happy to report that you can now order the audio book version, which is narrated by JD Jackson, who I think did a great job.
Please consider leaving a review at Amazon and Goodreads. I certainly don’t expect all 5 star reviews, but it should help to balance out the cranks who clearly have not read the book and are only interested in attacking me personally.
Kevin Levin has provided this mythic problem what it dearly needs: a carefully researched and beautifully written history, first of wartime itself, then of the Lost Cause memorial period, and then of the Civil War sesquicentennial in which the question of blacks in gray would not die. Levin’s book needs to be widely read as a rich history drawing the life out of a lethal narrative of wish fulfillment.–David W. Blight, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
Reviews should begin to appear in the next few weeks. Pat Young and Keith Harris were kind enough to take the time to read and review the book on their respective blogs, which I appreciate. Rebecca Onion at Slate recently invited me to talk about the book.
I’ve recorded a steady stream of podcasts, which should appear over the next few weeks. For now, check out my interviews with Brian Litvak at New Books in History and with my buddy, Keith Harris. I also had the opportunity to talk about the book with The Civil War Monitor.
Still on the fence about ordering the book? Here are a couple of recent op-eds that have appeared in The Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, and The Atlantic. They all touch on themes that are explored much more thoroughly in the book.
Well documented and thoroughly researched book on the myth of the Black Confederate ‘SOLDIER ‘. Highly readable and informative. If one is interested in the history and development of the mythical Black Confederate ‘SOLDIER ‘ this is the go to book.—Amazon Review
Tomorrow evening I kick off my book tour with a stop at the Atlanta History Center. This is the perfect place to speak given the recent opening of their renovated cyclorama and especially their work to help the Atlanta community better understand the history of Confederate monuments.
The tour includes stops in Washington, D.C. Richmond, Baltimore, Frederick, MD, Boston, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill. I am still accepting invitations to speak from across the country so please feel free to contact me if you would like to schedule an event. In addition to speaking about the book, I am more than happy to lead a workshop for teachers and/or students.
My talk at the National Archives will be live streamed for those of you who can’t make it and CSPAN is going to record my presentationa at the Massachusetts Historical Society on Sept. 18.
More than once I thought about abandoning this project altogether, but the response to the book has more than convinced me that I made the right decision. Thanks to all of you for your continued support.