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Eric Foner on Lincoln and Slavery

Gordon Berg | Published: May 20, 2011 at 10:25 am
The evolution of Father Abraham Respected historian Eric Foner's new book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, examines what the president truly believed about human bondageAuthor Eric Foner. Courtesy of Eric Foner. Q Why another book on …

Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Daniel Weinberg and Bjorn Skaptason

Chris Howland | Published: March 14, 2011 at 10:01 am
A place for all things Lincoln—with a modern twist Daniel Weinberg and Bjorn Skaptason of Chicago's Abraham Lincoln Book Shop bring the traditional book signing into the 21st century Dan Weinberg. Photo by M. Sylvia Castle.What was the impetus for …

James Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President

Chris Howland | Published: January 26, 2011 at 3:55 pm
Education, Preservation, Dedication Civil War Trust President James Lighthizer has made saving endangered battlefields his life's passion Jim Lighthizer. Photo by Kevin Johnson. What is the biggest threat to Civil War battlefield preservation right now? No question about it, development—the …

Peter Carmichael, Director of The Civil War Institute

Tamela Baker | Published: September 03, 2010 at 12:44 pm
Education that spans generations: Peter Carmichael takes the helm of Gettysburg College's Civil War Institute, Gabor Boritt's innovative program for history students of all ages Dr. Peter Carmichael. Photo by Tamela Baker.What attracted you to the Civil War Institute?…

John Howard, Superintendent, Antietam National Battlefield

Tamela Baker | Published: July 07, 2010 at 8:56 am
Superintendent John Howard plans to retire at year's end after 16 years at the helm of Antietam National Battlefield. Here he shares a few parting thought. What accomplishment stands out most in your time at Antietam?John Howard. Photo by …

Bruce Bustard, Curator, National Archives

Chris Howland | Published: April 29, 2010 at 1:10 pm
What makes this exhibit so different? For one, it's not organized chronologically. Many of the exhibits we looked at start with Fort Sumter, then go to Manassas, then Shiloh, all the way along. But we've organized ours around certain theme …

John Zimmerman, Firearms Expert

Chris Howland | Published: March 01, 2010 at 4:28 pm
In the Hands of a Craftsman: Master gunsmith John Zimmerman, an expert on Civil War firearms, is right at home in Harpers Ferry, W.Va. How did you become a master gunsmith? I grew up in Ohio and then was in …

Ed Bearss, Former NPS Chief Historian

Kim A. O'Connell | Published: January 27, 2010 at 10:19 am
For Ed Bearss, the past is prologue. Recalling the National Park Service's response to the war's centennial, its former chief historian reflects on a new milestone. What impact will the sesquicentennial have on battlefield parks? In 1955, the Park Service …

Bill Howell, Virginia House Speaker

Published: January 26, 2010 at 12:44 pm
Virginia House Speaker Bill Howell and the Virginia Civil War sesquicentennial commission remember the war that split the state in two. Literally. Interview by Chris HowlandVirgina House Speaker Bill Howell. Photo by Kevin Johnson. Why did the Virginia legislature …

Ed Zwick, director of Glory

Published: September 13, 2009 at 9:35 am
In 1989, director Ed Zwick brought the story of the 54th Massachusetts to the nation's attention. We haven't gotten over it yet. Interview by Jay Werttz Many say Glory is the best Civil War movie ever made. How do you …

John Coski, Museum of the Confederacy

Published: August 22, 2009 at 10:55 am
John Coski is the historian and library director at the Museum of the Confederacy. He is the author of The Confederate Battle Flag: America's Most Embattled Emblem — Interview by Tamela Baker Describe the museum's expansion to Appomattox, Fredericksburg and …

Robert K. Krick, Chronicler of Robert E. Lee's Army

Published: August 22, 2009 at 10:51 am
  Robert Krick worked for 31 years as the chief historian at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park and is a renowned expert on the Army of Northern Virginia Interview by Kim A. O'Connell How did a California kid get …

Ken Burns: Communicating the Experience of War

Published: August 12, 2009 at 1:57 pm
Interviewed by Kim A. O'Connell Eighteen years after the premiere of his landmark documentary The Civil War, filmmaker Ken Burns is still moved by the Oliver Wendell Holmes quote that opened the series: "We have shared the incommunicable experience of …
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