Give For Good:

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 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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7:45am

Tue February 17, 2015
Commentary

History Matters: On why slavery became embedded in the South

Commentator Gary Joiner takes a look at the origins of slavery in this installment of History Matters.

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 10, 2015
Commentary

History Matters: Measles killed thousands of Civil War soldiers

Civil War hospitals like this one in Washington, D.C., treated soldiers for common maladies, such as malaria, typhoid fever, dysentery, and measles.
Credit Library of Congress

A multi-state outbreak of the measles, a highly contagious respiratory disease, has public health departments on guard. The measles outbreak reminds commentator Gary Joiner of how the disease spread during the Civil War.

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 3, 2015
Commentary

History Matters: Let's give props to TLC's 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

Tracing your family's genealogy can unearth a good bit of drama. Commentator Gary Joiner says TV producers are cashing in on those made-for-television moments in the TLC series 'Who Do You Think You Are?' The sixth season premieres Feb. 24.

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

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