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Searching for Black ConfederatesThe Civil War's Most Persistent Myth$
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Kevin M. Levin

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469653266

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653266.001.0001

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Black Confederates on the Front Lines of the Civil War Sesquicentennial

Black Confederates on the Front Lines of the Civil War Sesquicentennial

(p.152) Chapter Six Black Confederates on the Front Lines of the Civil War Sesquicentennial
Searching for Black Confederates

Kevin M. Levin

University of North Carolina Press

African Americans have long played a role in legitimizing the loyal slave and black Confederate myth. For instance, H. K. Edgerton, is a well known and outspoken neo-confederate who downplays the role of slavery in the south before, during, and after the Civil War. Some African Americans have embraced the Confederacy as a means to celebrate their ancestors who they believe fought in the war and have been forgotten or ignored. Small numbers of Black men have been recruited as Confederate soldiers in Civil War re-enactments to perpetuate the myth of positive race relations in the confederacy. Overall, support for the Confederacy is waning with the Black Lives Matter movement, the adoption of the battle flag by hate groups, and a sustained effort by various groups to accurately educate the public about the role of slavery in the Civil War. For example, the National Parks Service titled the sesquicentennial “Civil War to Civil Rights” which placed slavery and emancipation at the center of the Civil War discussion.

Keywords:   H.K. Edgerton, Confederate, Battle flag, Re-enactments, Black, Civil War re-enactments, Hate groups, Black Lives Matter, Slavery, Emancipation

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