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  1. Al Mackey

    Black Confederates in Newspapers split from Searching for Black Confederates by Kevin Levin

    If we're to consider the definitions in place at the time, confederates themselves did not consider blacks to be either soldiers or combatants, at least until the final weeks of the war.
  2. Al Mackey

    Black Confederates in Newspapers split from Searching for Black Confederates by Kevin Levin

    Superseded by confederate law authorizing mustering African Americans as musicians, cooks, and teamsters to allow white men to be the soldiers.
  3. Al Mackey

    Black Confederates in Newspapers split from Searching for Black Confederates by Kevin Levin

    Nearly every time some idiot claims the war had nothing to do with slavery they also bring up the black confederate myth. The two go hand-in-hand. Which do you think did not believe what they were printing? Which of the articles you posted are ones you believe are "clearly false?" No, it's...
  4. Al Mackey

    Searching for Black Confederates by Kevin Levin

    I know that's not the type of answer you're looking for. Instead of giving you a fish, I'm trying to teach you how to fish. I'm trying to get you to go through the thought process involved in analyzing a source and its evidence.
  5. Al Mackey

    Searching for Black Confederates by Kevin Levin

    Think about the differences between newspapers then and newspapers now, especially during wartime, and the difference in internal politics between the United States and the confederacy.
  6. Al Mackey

    Searching for Black Confederates by Kevin Levin

    Yes, there is good reason to doubt it, but I'm trying to see if you will do even the most rudimentary analysis of it.
  7. Al Mackey

    Searching for Black Confederates by Kevin Levin

    I gave you the text of his assertion earlier in this thread.
  8. Al Mackey

    Searching for Black Confederates by Kevin Levin

    Bruce Levine cites the Richmond Examiner, March 27, 1865.
  9. Al Mackey

    Searching for Black Confederates by Kevin Levin

    So what conclusions can we draw about the report regarding African Americans in Mobile supposedly enlisting enthusiastically and in great numbers?
  10. Al Mackey

    Searching for Black Confederates by Kevin Levin

    No one said they are automatically discarded. I guess more time reading and studying is necessary though.
  11. Al Mackey

    Searching for Black Confederates by Kevin Levin

    I see some of us have some things to learn about newspapers of the time.
  12. Al Mackey

    Searching for Black Confederates by Kevin Levin

    And what do we know about the newspapers of the time?
  13. Al Mackey

    Searching for Black Confederates by Kevin Levin

    Respected opponent is incorrect: "The two hospital companies alone beat that number-" Wrong as usual. The guy in charge said only 60 volunteered at Jackson Hospital. You apparently don't understand what the word "would" means. Winder Hospital apparently has no officially reported results, while newspaper reports are...
  14. Al Mackey

    Searching for Black Confederates by Kevin Levin

    "Only in Richmond is there solid evidence of any units of black Confederate soldiers ever forming. Those units were recruited from two sources. One was the staff of two local hospitals--Winder and Jackson. In mid-February, surgeon F. w. Hancock of Jackson Hospital assembled seventy-two slaves...
  15. Al Mackey

    Searching for Black Confederates by Kevin Levin

    As usual, the above carefully and dishonestly cherrypicked snippet has the purpose of attempting to deceive the reader. Here's what Levin actually wrote: Notice he left out that the claims are the mythical black confederates were fighting in racially integrated units in order to try to...
  16. Al Mackey

    A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn

    The book really doesn't get into the Civil War. Zinn takes a decidedly nontraditional approach. He has a lot to say about slavery as a national sin, and he has a lot to say about continued oppression after the putative end of slavery. What little he does talk about the Civil War is focused on...
  17. Al Mackey

    A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn

    I read it and enjoyed it immensely, even though I disagreed with a number of his conclusions. It really made me think and revisit all I knew and thought I knew about American History. It's a profitable use of one's time if only because he considers perspectives that are usually ignored.
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