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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 May 26, 2015
Commentary

History Matters: Tolkein dug deep into how names came to be

Historical linguists put the asterisk to work in their profession. History Matters commentator Gary Joiner explains how.

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7:45am

Tue May 19, 2015
Commentary

History Matters: Now is a good time to revisit the 1927 Atchafalaya flood

The ground is soaked and the rivers are rising. History Matters commentator Gary Joiner thinks it’s a good time to revisit the Great Flood of 1927.

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7:45am

Tue May 12, 2015
Commentary

History Matters: Amanda Clark was a remarkable Shreveport landowner in the 1800s

History Matters commentator Gary Joiner profiles Shreveporter Amanda Clark, a former slave who, upon her freedom, became a successful landowner and business entrepreneur.

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 May 5, 2015
Commentary

History Matters: What happened to Chalk Level Plantation?

History Matters commentator Gary Joiner traces the ownership of a valuable tract of land next to the Red River -- from cotton fields to sprawling military air base.

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

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