Conscious Choice cover

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.


Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit. And if you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.

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.


My July fund-raising campaign for 2021 has now ended. Thank you all for your donations and subscriptions. While this year’s campaign was not as spectacular as last year’s, it was the second best July campaign since I began this website.

And if you have not yet donated or subscribed, and you think what I write here is worth your support, you can still do so. I depend on this support to remain independent and free to write what I believe, without any pressure from others. Nor do I accept advertisements, or use oppressive social media companies like Google, Twitter, and Facebook. I depend wholly on the direct support of my readers.

If you choose to help, you can contribute via Patreon or PayPal. To use Patreon, go to my website there and pick one of five monthly subscription amounts, or by making a one-time donation. For PayPal click one of the following buttons:


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If Patreon or Paypal don't work for you, you can support Behind The Black directly by sending your donation by check, payable to Robert Zimmerman, to

Behind The Black
c/o Robert Zimmerman
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  • 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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