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Kevin M. Levin

Searching for Black Confederates

The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth

University of North Carolina Press 2019

New Books in African American StudiesNew Books in American StudiesNew Books in HistoryNew Books in Military HistoryNew Books in Peoples & PlacesNew Books in Politics & Society September 4, 2019 Derek Litvak

Kevin M. Levin is the author of Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth, published by the University of North Carolina...

Kevin M. Levin is the author of Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2019. Searching for Black Confederates investigates the claims that numerous African Americans willingly fought for the Confederacy. Investigating the Confederate Army at the time of the Civil War, Levin illustrates that such a claim would have surprised those actually present in the army. Moving forward, Levin recounts how this myth came to be, and its persistence into our own day. All the while, he makes sure to pay attention to the actions of African Americans during the Civil War and after its conclusion.

Kevin Levin is an award-winning educator and historian, who studies the American Civil War.


Derek Litvak is a Ph.D. student in the department of history at the University of Maryland.