Gary Joiner, Ph.D.

Host of "History Matters"

Gary Joiner is a cartographer and an associate professor of history at LSU in Shreveport.  He is the author or editor of 12 books including “Shiloh and the Western Campaign of 1862,” “One Damn Blunder From Beginning to End: The Red River Campaign in 1864,” “Through the Howling Wilderness: The Red River Campaign and Union Failure in 1864,” “Red River Steamboats,” and “Mr. Lincoln's Brown Water Navy: Mississippi Squadron.”

Joiner was appointed chairman of Louisiana's Civil War Sesquicentennial Task Force and also serves on the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Commission.

Joiner’s commentaries air Tuesdays at 7:45 a.m. He explores a wide range of historical topics, and is currently working on a book compilation of his Red River Radio commentaries.

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7:45am

Tue March 31, 2015
Commentary

History Matters: Camp Ford in Tyler is a wayside attraction

Commentator Gary Joiner takes us to Camp Ford, Civil War landmark in Tyler, Texas. It was largest Confederate-operated prisoner of war camp west of the Mississippi River. 

History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine.  

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7:45am

Tue March 24, 2015
Commentary

History Matters: New Orleans civil rights activism put Homer Plessy in history annals

Commentator Gary Joiner remembers New Orleanian Homer Plessy and his act of civil disobedience that made its mark on history.

History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine.  

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7:45am

Tue March 17, 2015
Commentary

History Matters: New London School Explosion changed natural gas detection forever

The New London School Explosion of March 18, 1937, killed hundreds in the East Texas town.
Credit London Museum in New London/AP

Commentator Gary Joiner recalls the New London School Explosion in New London, Texas, 78 years ago this week.

History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine.

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7:45am

Tue February 24, 2015
Commentary

History Matters: Winter Quarters is all that remains

Commentator Gary Joiner profiles Winter Quarters in Newllton, La., in Tensas Parish, and explains why it's a rare surviving example of an antebellum cotton plantation.

History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine.

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