Under Trump, old fractures – and falsehoods – are closer to the surface than ever. A new book seeks to bury a particularly pernicious theory
Kevin M. Levin“Levin's new book, Searching for Black Confederates, argues that slavery was central to the south’s war effort. Drawing on research including letters, diary entries and newspaper editorials, it demolishes the notion...”
Kevin M. LevinArrived in Atlanta. Putting the finishing touches on my talk for tonight. A little nervous/anxious, but grateful that I have the opportunity to share my interest in history with others.
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 res…
Kevin M. LevinToday is the Official Publication Day for *Searching for Black Confederates* @uncpressblog
Thanks to those of you who have purchased and already read the book. More importantly, thanks to all of you for the encouragement and support. It means everything.
Kevin M. LevinIf I had to sum it up in one sentence, my book is about the inability of white Americans to honestly face head on the history of slavery and white supremacy.
Plantations across the South offer tours telling stories about the white families who lived there, but the stories of enslaved African Americans on those
Kevin M. Levin"When she first came to the plantation as an entry-level historic interpreter in 2015, Jones says the information on the slaves at Belle Meade, known for extravagant Southern weddings and an on-site winery, was pretty weak."
Historian and author Edward E. Baptist explains how slavery helped the US go from a "colonial economy to the second biggest industrial power in the world."
Kevin M. Levin"[A] huge component of white American identity is a quest for historical innocence and historical exceptionalism. And this depends on having white voices telling the story."--Edward Baptist vox.com/identities/201… via @voxdotcom
American slavery began 400 years ago this month. This is referred to as the country’s original sin, but it is more than that: It is the country’s true origin.
Kevin M. LevinI spent a good chunk of yesterday reading through the essays. It's simply overwhelming and I can't wait to share this with my students beginning in just a couple of weeks. Thank you @nhannahjones@nytimes and all the contributors.
In late August of 1619, an English pirate ship landed at Point Comfort, not far from Jamestown, the capital of the colony of Virginia, bearing a cargo that would change
Kevin M. LevinIt is incredibly encouraging to see the editorial board of a local Virginia newspaper take a stand like this, especially given the recent controversies in this community surrounding the display of the Confederate flag. Way to go. godanriver.com/opinion/editor… via @GoDanRiver
Historians have long assumed that immigration to the United States was free from regulation until anti-Asian racism on the West Coast triggered the introduction of federal laws to restrict Chinese immigration in the 1880s. Studies of European...
Kevin M. LevinI ordered @hidehirota's book *Expelling the Poor* after reading his wonderful tweet thread that challenged our understanding of the history of immigration restrictions. Making my way through the first chapter and it does not disappoint. Highly recommend.
Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War's Most Persistent Myth (Civil War America) [Kevin M. Levin] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. More than 150 years after the end of the Civil War, scores of websites, articles, and...
Kevin M. LevinLots of new followers this morning thnx to @soledadobrien & @KevinMKruse. I teach American history to maintain my sanity & write about the Civil War/Reconstruction to better understand.
Check out my brand new book about the black Confederate myth.
When Eugene Burnett saw the neat tract houses of Levittown, New York, he knew he wanted to buy one. It was 1949, and he was ready to settle down in a larger
Kevin M. Levin"But when he spoke with a salesman about buying the house using a GI Bill-guaranteed mortgage, the door to suburban life in Levittown slammed firmly in his face. The suburb wasn’t open to black residents." @heroinebook
The school superintendent hopes that renaming the school will mark the beginning of a new era for the former capital of the Confederate states by honoring a leader who “represents the great promise of America.”
Kevin M. Levin"In the former capital of the Confederacy, we decided to stop honoring an individual who fought to preserve slavery – and to begin honoring our first African-American president instead."