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Black Confederates Out of the Attic and Into the Mainstream

Black Confederates Out of the Attic and Into the Mainstream pr o fessional notes Black Confederates Out of the Attic and Into the Mainstream kevin m. levin Not long after the beginning of the 2010 school year, William and Mary historian Carol Sheriff decided to review the chapter on the Civil War in her daughter's fourth grade history textbook. Sheriff noticed a number of factual errors and questionable interpretations in Joy Masoff 's Virginia: Past and Present, but one passage in particular caught her attention: "Thousands of Southern Blacks fought in the Confederate ranks, including two battalions under the command of Stonewall Jackson." Sheriff reasonably wondered how such a claim could have made it into this book.1 Shortly thereafter, the story broke in the Washington Post and was soon picked up by newspapers around the country and beyond. Sheriff appeared on MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann to discuss the issue.2 Stonewall Jackson biographer, James I. Robertson, confirmed the lack of evidence regarding the presence of African Americans under his command, and fellow academic historians echoed the scholarly consensus that little evidence can be found supporting the existence of significant numbers of black soldiers in the Confederate army. As the controversy flared up, a sharp divide emerged between the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

Black Confederates Out of the Attic and Into the Mainstream

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 4 (4) – Nov 8, 2014

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pr o fessional notes Black Confederates Out of the Attic and Into the Mainstream kevin m. levin Not long after the beginning of the 2010 school year, William and Mary historian Carol Sheriff decided to review the chapter on the Civil War in her daughter's fourth grade history textbook. Sheriff noticed a number of factual errors and questionable interpretations in Joy Masoff 's Virginia: Past and Present, but one passage in particular caught her attention: "Thousands of Southern Blacks fought in the Confederate ranks, including two battalions under the command of Stonewall Jackson." Sheriff reasonably wondered how such a claim could have made it into this book.1 Shortly thereafter, the story broke in the Washington Post and was soon picked up by newspapers around the country and beyond. Sheriff appeared on MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann to discuss the issue.2 Stonewall Jackson biographer, James I. Robertson, confirmed the lack of evidence regarding the presence of African Americans under his command, and fellow academic historians echoed the scholarly consensus that little evidence can be found supporting the existence of significant numbers of black soldiers in the Confederate army. As the controversy flared up, a sharp divide emerged between the

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Nov 8, 2014

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