Behind the Lines

  • An Interview with Brian Matthew JordanRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 7/10/2015 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Brian Matthew Jordan, a Lecturer at Gettysburg College and recent author of "Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War," published by W.W. Norton. In this interview, Dr. Jordan discusses the experience of Union veterans as they navigated a post war society. In doing so, these veterans attempted to confront a war that did not see as finished and a northern...

  • An Interview with Lisa Tendrich Frank Read More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 6/19/2015 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Lisa Tendrich Frank, historian and recent author of "The Civilian War: Confederate Women and Union Soldiers during Sherman's March," now out with Louisiana State University Press. In this interview, Dr. Frank describes expectations on the part of Confederate white women in the lead up to the march, as well as Federal soldiers and their expectations. Finally, Dr. Frank deals...

  • An Interview with Brian Craig Miller (2015)Read More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 4/17/2015 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our Conversation with Brian Craig Miller, an Associate Professor of history at Emporia State University and recent author of "Empty Sleeves: Amputation in the Civil War South," now out with the University of Georgia Press. In this conversation Dr. Miller tries to tackle and debunk some of the myths surrounding Civil War amputation. In addition, he also speaks to the lives of those forever altered...

  • Am Interview with Richard FoxRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 2/20/2015 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Richard Fox, Professor of history at the University of Southern California and recent author of "Lincoln's Body: A Cultural History," now out with W.W. Norton. In this interview, Dr. Fox discusses the political power of Lincoln's body during his presidency, the significance of Lincoln's funeral train, and the power of the "enshrined body" and the "national body" in the 150...

  • An Interview with Martha HodesRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 2/13/2015 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Martha Hodes, a Professor of history at New York University, and recent author of "Mourning Lincoln," now out with Yale University Press. In this interview, Dr. Hodes details the inspiration behind tackling this topic of personal responses to Lincoln's assassination. In addition, she also addresses the vast amount of sources present on the topic and the struggles and benefits...

  • An Interview with Peter Carmichael (2015)Read More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 1/23/2015 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Peter Carmichael, the Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. In this interview, Dr. Carmichael touches on some of the events and speakers at this year's 2015 Civil War Institute in June. In addition, he also addresses some of the recent controversy over the state of Civil War military history. To read more on the Gettysburg Compiler, visit http:/...

  • An Interview with Barton MyersRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 1/16/2015 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Dr. Barton Myers, an Assistant Professor of history at Washington and Lee University and the author of "Rebels Against the Confederacy: North Carolina's Unionists." In this interview, Dr. Myers discusses the reasoning behind his selection of North Carolina for the study, the promises and perils of source material when examining Unionists in the South, and irregular violence...

  • An Interview with Don DoyleRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 1/9/2015 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Don Doyle, the McCausland Professor of History at the University of South Carolina and the recent author of "The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War," published by Basic Books. In this interview, Dr. Doyle discusses the power of "public diplomacy" in Europe and Latin America during the American Civil War and the power wielded by Giuseppe ...

  • An Interview with James StillRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 12/19/2014 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with James Still, a playwright whose most recent play "The Widow Lincoln" will debut at Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C. The play runs from January 23 to February 22, 2015. In this interview, James details how he settled on writing a play focusing on Mary Todd Lincoln, the great privilege it is to have actress Mary Bacon in the leading role, and the power that the venue Ford's ...

  • An Interview with Anne Sarah Rubin (2014)Read More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 12/12/2014 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Anne Sarah Rubin, an Associate Professor of history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and recent author of "Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman's March and American Memory," published by UNC Press. In this interview, Dr. Rubin offers some insight into how her work deviates from prior studies of Sherman's March through the power of storytelling. Additionally, Dr....

About This Blog

Behind the Lines, the Monitor’s video interview series, features conversations with prominent members of the American Civil War community. 

For more information, including queries about upcoming guests, contact the host of BTL:

David Thomson
david@civilwarmonitor.com


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