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.

Ways to Connect

Families sit down together Thursday and enjoy a lavish meal giving thanks for the many blessings of the past year. Commentator Gary Joiner explains why this all-American holiday may not be so rooted in patriotism.

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

Commentator Gary Joiner explores the long history of dogs groomed for military service around the world.

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

Commentator Gary Joiner explains the timing of Veterans Day, and why the date of the holiday on Nov. 11 holds great significance.

On Election Day, History Matters commentator Gary Joiner reflects on some of the political parties that have emerged over the past 150 years.

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

He was portrayed in many films as the lawman who imparted violent justice in the old West. Wyatt Earp walked away from the shootout at the O.K. Corral unscathed. Commentator Gary Joiner remembers the OK Corral gunfight 134 years ago.

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

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