Gary Joiner, Ph.D.

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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NPR Story
7:47 am
Tue April 28, 2015

History Matters: Political parties come in all stripes

Political parties are part of the fabric of American history. As politicians seek their party's bid for a 2016 presidential run, it makes commentator Gary Joiner think about all the political parties that have come out of the woodwork over the past 150 years.

 

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7:47 am
Tue April 14, 2015

History Matters: Since 2007, Joiner has kept historical events at the fore

Commentator Gary Joiner reflects on why history does matter.

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NPR Story
7:47 am
Tue April 7, 2015

History Matters: Steamboat days are gone, but their memory lives on

Before luxury cruise ships, yachts and passenger ferries, the steamboat was how many people made their way across America. Commentator Gary Joiner delves into this yesteryear mode of transportation that is now mostly for tourism and spectacle. 

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7:50 am
Tue March 31, 2015

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. 

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7:50 am
Tue March 24, 2015

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.

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NPR Story
7:50 am
Tue March 17, 2015

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.

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 11:12 am

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

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NPR Story
7:45 am
Tue February 17, 2015

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.

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NPR Story
7:45 am
Tue February 10, 2015

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.

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 10:19 am

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.

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NPR Story
8:45 am
Tue February 3, 2015

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.

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Red River Radio
8:58 am
Tue January 20, 2015

History Matters: O.Winston Link's photographs documented steam locomotion and Louisiana life

O. Winston Link, "Girl Eating Honeycomb, Donaldsonville, LA," 1937. Copyright W. Conway Link.

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 11:56 am

Centenary College's Meadows Museum of Art features a photography retrospective, “Images of Excellence: The O. Winston Link Centennial,” running through Jan. 31. The photographer's son, Shreveport resident W. Conway Link, helped curate the exhibit. It features more than 50 black and white photographs, including three large bodies of Link's work—his Louisiana series, his commercial photography, and his steam locomotive series. Commentator Gary Joiner explains who was O. Winston Link.

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