Historian and author Kevin Levin will discuss his recent book and research into claims that high numbers of both free and enslaved African Americans fought willingly as soldiers in the Confederate army.
His talk will include relevant primary sources and their interpretation, the roles that African Americans actually performed in the Confederate army, and evidence that the belief in the existence of black Confederate soldiers originated in the 1970s. The program will explore the myth and its persistence today. Audience members are invited to join a reception, including staffed displays from area Civil War resources that are co-sponsoring the event.
Presenting sponsors for this program include the Hood College History Department, the Hood College Humanities Council and Monocacy National Battlefield. Additional sponsors include the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and AARCH, the African American Resources, Cultural Heritage Society of Frederick County.