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

Kevin M. Levin


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 ... More

Keywords: Civil War, Black, African American, Confederate army, Slave, Confederate soldier

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469653266
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653266.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin M. Levin, author