During the sesquicentennial of the Civil War (spring 2011 through spring 2015), the Organization of American Historians is committed to bringing the best current thinking on this complex era to a wide audience. In keeping with our mission to promote excellence in the scholarship, teaching, and presentation of all American history, we aim to explore the war from its beginnings through its aftermath, especially mindful of the needs of history teachers and students, the challenges faced by public historians, and the curiosity of the general public.
Stephen Andrews talks with Alan Taylor, the Thomas Jefferson Chair in American History at the University of Virginia and the author of The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832. In this podcast they discuss how the institution of slavery, enslaved people, and white Virginians were affected by the experience of the American Revolution and the War of 1812. (Recorded in June 2014.)
Ed Linenthal talks with Mark Smith, Carolina Distinguished Professor of History at the University of South Carolina. He is the author of The Smell of Battle, the Taste of Siege: A Sensory History of the Civil War. In this podcast they discuss the senses and their importance when studying the history of the Civil War. (Recorded in June 2014.)
D. Scott Hartwig
Ed Linenthal talks with D. Scott Hartwig, a supervisory park historian at the Gettysburg National Military Park. Hartwig has worked at the Gettysburg park for 33 years, and in this podcast they discuss Gettysburg as a turning point in the Civil War.
Steve Andrews talks with Aaron Sheehan-Dean, Eberly Professor of Civil War Studies at the University of West Virginia, and consulting editor for the April 2013 issue of the OAH Magazine of History title "Civil War at 150: Turning Points".
Dave Ruth and Mike Gorman
Ed Linenthal talks with Dave Ruth, Superintendent of the Richmond National Battlefield Park, and Richmond National Battlefield Park Ranger Mike Gorman about Richmond at war and the creation of the NPS site at Tredagar. Recorded in July 2012.
Carl Weinberg talks with Kevin Levin, author of the article "Teaching Civil War Mobilization with Film" that appears in the April 2012 issue of the OAH Magazine of History. He can be found online at his blog at http://www.cwmemory.com/. They discuss Civil War memory, using film in the classroom, and blogging. Recorded in July 2012.