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 7:35 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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7:53am

Tue September 10, 2013
Commentary

History Matters: Remembering the Birmingham bombing and the racial climate 50 years ago

U.S. Congressional leaders will host a ceremony today at the Capitol to bestow the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously to four young girls killed in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. Commentator Gary Joiner recounts what occurred 50 years ago.

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7:41am

Tue September 3, 2013

7:44am

Tue August 27, 2013
Commentary

History Matters: Hurricanes have a complex history

Eight years after Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans, commentator Gary Joiner offers this perspective on the toll of hurricanes through history.

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7:35am

Tue August 20, 2013
Commentary

History Matters: History buffs should flock to Jefferson, Texas

Commentator Gary Joiner spotlights an East Texas town that is trapped in time -- in a good way. He calls Jefferson, Texas, a historian's jewel in the woods.

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7:39am

Tue August 13, 2013
Commentary

History Matters: Civil War historians follow the footsteps of Union soldiers

Commentator Gary Joiner takes us on a road trip. We follow the Red River Campaign that Civil War historians like to travel to follow in the footsteps of the Union army soldiers who moved through the area more than 150 years ago.

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