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.

During fall 1878 the southern Mississippi Valley was gripped by a massive Yellow Fever epidemic. North Louisiana, East Texas and southern Arkansas had outbreaks of the Saffron Scourge, and the frost seemed to help bring an end to the suffering.

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This is a day to remember those who’ve fought for America’s freedom and democracy. Commentator Gary Joiner explains the significance of the Veterans Day holiday.

If past election cycles are any guide, turnout in this year's midterm elections could be about 40 percent of the voting age population. Commentator Gary Joiner makes an impassioned case for why voting matters.

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

    

Commentator Gary Joiner explains the difference between the acronyms ISIS and ISIL and what the consequences could be in how a terrorist group is referenced.

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

With the Ebola virus in the headlines every day, commentator Gary Joiner gives an overview of pandemic disease through the ages.

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

Commentator Gary Joiner looks at the milestones of cotton production through history. 

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Commentator Gary Joiner builds the historical case for why the autumnal equinox should matter today, even when it doesn't feel like fall in the Deep South.

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Commentator Gary Joiner looks at the interplay between waterways and conflict, specifically the Dardanelles and Bosporus, part of the Turkish Straits.

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The U.S. has entered the war against Islamic State fighters, or ISIS, in Iraq with air strikes. Kurds are one of the main Western allies. Commentator Gary Joiner takes a step back to look at the Kurdish people through history.

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History Matters commentator Gary Joiner digs deep into a river navigation term -- devil’s elbow -- and offers his definition with an historical bent.

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