Justin Behrend’s “Rumors of Revolt”

Personal Note: things have been exceptionally busy in my day job the past few weeks, so there has not been a lot of time lately to write in Civil War Emancipation. Hopefully, things will improve soon as I just finished two online courses and once I get caught up in the rest, I’ll be able to post more.

In the mean time, I would like highly recommend by a piece by Justin Behrend of SUNY Geneso, “Rumors of Revolt,” which appeared in the September 15 issue of Disunion in the New York Times. This article, which is part of a larger forthcoming project, tells the horrifying story of how the fear of slave revolt, all too common in the South in the months after the start of the Civil War, boiled over into deadly repression in the Lower Mississippi Valley around Natchez in Autumn 1861, with numerous executions of suspected slave insurrectionists. Behrend’s makes a valuable contribution on a dark chapter in the history of emancipation in the U.S. Civil War.

Also, check out Behrend’s article, “Rebellious Talk and Conspiratorial Plots: The Making of a Slave Insurrection in Civil War Natchez,” in the February 2011 issue of The Journal of Southern History.

About Donald R. Shaffer

Donald R. Shaffer is the author of _After the Glory: The Struggles of Black Civil War Veterans_ (Kansas, 2004), which won the Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship in 2005. More recently he published (with Elizabeth Regosin), _Voices of Emancipation: Understanding Slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction through the U.S. Pension Bureau Files_ (2008). Dr. Shaffer teaches online exclusively (i.e., a virtual professor). He lives in Arizona and can be contacted at donald_shaffer@yahoo.com
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