Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth


      Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth
More than 150 years after the end of the Civil War, scores of websites, articles, and organizations repeat claims that anywhere between 500 and 100,000 free and enslaved African Americans fought willingly as soldiers in the Confederate army But as Kevin M Levin argues in this carefully researched book, such claims would have shocked anyone who served in the army during the war itself Levin explains that imprecise contemporary accounts, poorly understood primary source material, and other misrepresentations helped fuel the rise of the black Confederate myth Moreover, Levin shows that belief in the existence of black Confederate soldiers largely originated in the 1970s, a period that witnessed both a significant shift in how Americans remembered the Civil War and a rising backlash against African Americans gains in civil rights and other realms.Levin also investigates the roles that African Americans actually performed in the Confederate army, including personal body servants and forced laborers He demonstrates that regardless of the dangers these men faced in camp, on the march, and on the battlefield, their legal status remained unchanged Even long after the guns fell silent, Confederate veterans and other writers remembered these men as former slaves and not as soldiers, an important reminder that how the war is remembered often runs counter to history. New Download eBook Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth by Kevin M. Levin – cricketworldcuplivestreaming.com

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  • Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth
  • Kevin M. Levin
  • 03 October 2018

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  1. says:

    I have come to the conclusion that a little history in the wrong hands is a very dangerous thing That is notrue than in the myth of the Black Confederate Soldier In Searching for Black Confederates The Civil War s Most Persistent Myth, author and historian Kevin M Levin debunks this myth using both secondary and contemporaneous sources As Levin shows, this myth actually began in the 1970s in response to the gains of the Civil Rights movement It was part of the attempt to deracialize I have come to the conclusion that a little history in the wrong hands is a very dangerous thing That is notrue than in the myth of the Black Confederate Soldier In Searching for Black Confederates The Civil War s Most Persistent Myth, author and historian Kevin M Levin debunks this myth using both secondary and contemporaneous sources As Levin shows, this myth actually began in the 1970s in response to the gains of the Civil Rights movement It was part of the attempt to deracialize the Civil War to prove that the war was not fought over slavery but states rights As the myth developed, it entered the education system so that it became widely disseminated history Levin looks at all the evidence used to back up its claims, some of them direct and deliberate falsehoods but some, like a photograph of a Black man sitting beside a white man, both in Confederate uniforms, are, as he shows, misunderstandings of what the particular documentation signifies S...

  2. says:

    I was granted an ARC of this via Netgalley from the publisher The book, Searching for Black Confederates The Civil War s Most Persistent Myth by Kevin Levin, challenges the myth that large numbers of African Americans served in the Confederate army and charts the myth s development to the present day Levin explains that for most of the Civil War, the Confederacy refused to allow black slaves to become soldiers in the army It wasn t until a couple a month before its defeat, when it was i I was granted an ARC of this via Netgalley from the publisher The book, Searching for Black Confederates The Civil War s Most Persistent Myth by Kevin Levin, challenges the myth that large numbers of African Americans served in the Confederate army and charts the myth s development to the present day Levin explains that for most of the Civil War, the Confederacy refused to allow black slaves to become soldiers in the army It wasn t until a couple a month before its defeat, when it was in dire straits, that the Confederate government allowed for black men to join their armies Since their defeat, many in the south, including groups like the Sons of the Confederate Veterans and Daughters of the Confederacy, have used the idea of enslaved blacks fighting as soldiers under the Confederate flag to back their Lost Cause narrative and divorce racism and white supremacy from the Confederate cause This narrative made its way into textbooks, museums and even into National Parks until be...

  3. says:

    The author strives to debunk the most persistent myth about the Civil War black Confederate soldiers He asserts that there were none, and anyone claiming the opposite is using the myth to further their own agenda I found the book...

  4. says:

    This is an incredibly fascinating and informative read on a vital, and sadly sensitive, subject The author did an amazing job debunking the myth of the black Confederate soldiers Making his case in a very well written, structured way and presenting the facts in an objective and impartial manner Slaves were not free to make their own choices, duh and the Southern states at that time regarded them as property not people and would never have wanted to elevate them to the rank of soldier, whic This is an incredibly fascinating and informative read on a vital, and sadly sensitive, subject The author did an amazing job debunking the myth of the black Confederate soldiers Making his case in a very well written, structured way and presenting the facts in an objective and impartial manner Slaves were not free to make their own choices, duh and the Southern states at that time re...

  5. says:

    This book is painstakingly researched and beautifully written Levin thoroughly exposes the misread sources, misinterpretations, and outright lies which have lead to a fringe movement of neo Confederates to perpetuate t...

  6. says:

    A myth laid to rest.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 ...

  7. says:

    I received an Advanced Reader Copy courtesy of the publisher I am going to sit down and write a proper review this weekend But suffice it to say that this book is highly recommended reading I remained impressed by the detail and breadth of the schol...

  8. says:

    Kevin M Levin s excellent new book is about the role that African Americans actually played in the Confederate Military and how perceptions of that role shifted during and after the Civil Rights Movement through misinterpretation of primary sources, both deliberate and otherwise Levin writes pointedly about how the men who served as Camp Slaves and their enslavers would have thought the notion of their being armed African Americans in the Confederate Military as preposterous Levin has produce Kevin M Levin s excellent new book is about the role that African Americans actually played in the Confederate Military and how perceptions of that role shifted during and after the Civil Rights Movement through misinterpre...

  9. says:

    I d give it Zero stars Kevin Levin is not worthy of publishing anything His bias against the South and Black Confederates is we ll known He is a huge hypocrite Black union soldiers doing the same jobs as Black Confederates are considered soldiers Not so the Black Confederates, he dismisses them w...

  10. says:

    Levin provides some compelling arguments I disagree with some of his assertions in the introduction I also think he extrapolates too much in some of the chapters and veers off the subject Overall, readers will find value in his debunking of the black so...

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