Friday, 04 October 2019 14:31

Civil war historian to speak at Thomas Entrepreneurship Hub

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PEMBROKE — Civil war author Kevin M. Levin will hold a lecture and book signing at UNC Pembroke’s Thomas Entrepreneurship Hub on Oct. 29.

Levin will discuss his new book, "Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth." The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. A book signing will follow. Copies of his book will be available for purchase.

The Entrepreneurship Hub is located at 202 Main Street in downtown Pembroke.

Levin is an award-winning educator and historian based in Boston, Massachusetts. He has written extensively about the American Civil War and has spoken across the country on the current controversy surrounding Confederate monuments. Levin is the author and editor of "Remembering The Battle of the Crater: War as Murder" and editor of "Interpreting the Civil War at Museums and Historic Sites."

More than 150 years after the end of the Civil War, scores of websites, articles, and organizations repeat claims that anywhere between 500 and 100,000 free and enslaved African Americans fought willingly as soldiers in the Confederate army.

In his newest book, Levin argues such claims would have shocked anyone who served in the army during the war itself. 

Levin has taught history on the high school and college level, most recently as a visiting instructor at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Mass. His writings have appeared in the Daily Beast, The New York Times, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, Education Week and CNN.

The event is being sponsored by the Department of History.