New to the Civil War Memory Library

I hope that all of you are safe and doing well during this very difficult period. Here are some new books that have come my way that you might find enjoyable. All of my talks for March, April, and May have been cancelled, which means that I have plenty of copies of Searching for Black Confederates for purchase if you would like one personalized. I will also include a free copy of the latest issue of The Civil War Monitor magazine while supplies last. Contact Me for the details.

All of the links are to Indiebound. Please order through your local independent bookseller if at all possible. They desperately need our support. Thank you.

Edward Achorn, Every Drop of Blood: The Momentous Second Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2020).

Judkin Browning and Timothy Silver, An Environmental History of the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2020).

Lizabeth Cohen, Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2019). Reading now and thoroughly enjoying.

Benjamin E. Park, Kingdom of Nauvoo: The Rise and Fall of a Religious Empire on the American Frontier (Liveright, 2020). I couldn’t put this book down. Highly recommend.

Michael E. Woods, Arguing Until Doomsday: Stephen Douglas, Jefferson Davis, and the Struggle for American Democracy (University of North Carolina Press, 2020).

Serena Zabin, The Boston Massacre: A Family History (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020). Read this one in three days. It completely changed how I think about this event and Boston on the eve of the Revolution.

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

Purchase your copy today!

5 comments… add one
  • Steve M Redmond Mar 23, 2020 @ 3:24

    Thanks for this opportunity. I think it’s a great idea and look forward to participating.

    • Kevin Levin Mar 23, 2020 @ 3:43

      Thanks, Steve.

  • Glenn-Pipe Creek CWRT-Westminster,Md. Mar 22, 2020 @ 16:53

    I just recently finished reading “Black Confederates”. Interesting read however I was surprised it makes no mention of the approximately 400 southern free blacks who owned roughly 1200 slaves not to mention the Cherokees some of whom were also slaveowners as well. Over all I agree with Mr Levin’s conclusions concerning the fighting black Confederates myth.

    • Kevin Levin Mar 23, 2020 @ 1:21

      Hi Glenn,

      The short answer is that I didn’t write about them because that is not what my book is about. Glad to hear that you enjoyed reading it.

    • Joshism Mar 23, 2020 @ 16:28

      “the approximately 400 southern free blacks who owned roughly 1200 slaves”

      How many of these were instances of free blacks legally relatives they could not legally free?

      “the Cherokees some of whom were also slaveowners as well”

      I’m not sure what Cherokees or other native tribes owning slaves has to do with anything regarding Black Confederates.

      In the 21st century we might lump African Americans and Native Americans together as “people of color” and see them as struggling together for equality. I doubt very many in 1860 thought this way.

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