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Estimates of the number of African-Americans who willingly served the Confederacy during the Civil War range from zero to 90,000. Retired astrophysicist and Douglass Institute of Government founder Asa Gordon speaks and writes in favor of the former and vigorously opposes the growing number of contemporary African-Americans who say their ancestors fought against the Union. “A slave didn’t have a choice,” Gordon says. “If his master said he was going, the slave couldn’t say no. He was a slave.” Teacher Nelson Winbush, who says his enslaved grandfather proudly fought for the South alongside his master’s sons, says it’s the North that wrote the history books and got it wrong. “Yankees came down here to free the slaves and found some black dude shooting their ass for keeps,” Winbush says. Gordon will offer a rebuttal at 7 p.m. at Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill. Free. (301) 839-2400. (Janet Hopf)