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The Fifth Anniversary of Behind the Black

This week I celebrate the fifth anniversary of this website. My first post here took place on June 27, 2010, but I consider the beginning of Behind the Black to have occurred during that entire first week as I figured out how I wanted to do it.

To commemorate these past five years I am holding a fund-raiser. Please consider contributing.

Conscious Choice cover

Now available in hardback and paperback as well as ebook!


From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.


“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.


All editions are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all book vendors, with the ebook priced at $5.99 before discount. The ebook can also be purchased direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit, in which case you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.


Autographed printed copies are also available at discount directly from me (hardback $24.95; paperback $14.95; Shipping cost for either: $5.00). Just email me at zimmerman @ nasw dot org.


  • t-dub

    Congratulations Robert. I appreciate what you do very much. Please keep up the good work. While I like hearing you on Coast, I am going to e-mail John B Wells over at the Caravan to Midnight to see if he would consider having you on as a guest.

  • Seattle Steve


  • frank

    Congrats Bob.
    Grateful for your insights and passion for sharing.
    Your site is a must read for this curious engineer and freedom loving human.

  • David M. Cook

    Wow! 5 years? Seems like yesterday when I discovered your terrific site, most likely through a coast to coast interview.

    Love to help, but I just lost my job (damn Obama economy!) again. Seems like every time I want to help I end up needing help myself! Still, you have my support.

    Even with the ads it’s still a great start page for whatever browser you’re using.

  • Jwing

    Congrats, Robert!
    The check is in the mail.
    Jim Wingert

  • Phil Berardelli

    Congratulations, Bob. You’ve maintained an excellent mix of commentary, reporting and whimsy on a host of topics. May success follow you for years to come.

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