Behind the Lines

Our interview series featuring conversations with prominent members of the American Civil War community

Published 10/19/2012

An Interview with Lisa Brady

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

Our interview with Lisa Brady, Associate Professor of History at Boise State University and author of "War Upon the Land: Military Strategy and the Transformation of Southern Landscapes during the American Civil War" published by University of Georgia Press. In this interview, Brady discusses her work as well as the future of environmental studies of the Civil War.

Published 10/12/2012

An Interview with Anne Rubin

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

Our interview with Anne Rubin, Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Rubin is the author of "A Shattered Nation: The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy, 1861-1868," published with the University of North Carolina Press. In the interview, Rubin discusses her new role as President of the Society of Civil War Historians and her aspirations for the next two years...

Published 10/5/2012

An Interview with Kevin Levin

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

Our interview with historian Kevin Levin. Kevin maintains the popular blog "Civil War Memory" and is the author of "Remembering the Battle of the Crater: War As Murder," now out with University Press of Kentucky. In the conversation, Kevin shares his thoughts on the memory of the fight for the Crater, the evolution of his blog, and some recent works of Civil War scholarship that have caught his...

Published 9/28/2012

An Interview with Glenn Brasher

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

Our interview with Glenn Brasher, Instructor of History at the University of Alabama and author of "The Peninsula Campaign & the Necessity of Emancipation: African Americans & the Fight for Freedom," now out with UNC Press. Dr. Brasher provides a fresh account of the Peninsula Campaign as part of the larger emancipation narrative, detailing the role of African Americans in this political fight...

Published 9/19/2012

An Interview with Aaron Astor

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

Our interview with Aaron Astor, associate professor of history at Maryville College and author of "Rebels on the Border" published by Louisiana State University Press. Dr. Astor's work examines Missouri and Kentucky during the Civil War Era and the fall of conservative Unionism in these two border states followed by a retroactive Confederate ideology.

Published 9/14/2012

An Interview with Ric Burns

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

Our interview with Ric Burns, director of the new PBS documentary "Death and the Civil War." Based on Drew Gilpin Faust's "This Republic of Suffering," Burns details the documentary, his experience working with Drew Faust, and the challenges and rewards the project posed to him as a filmmaker. "Death and the Civil War" premiers on Tuesday September 18th at 8 P.M. Eastern on PBS.

Published 9/7/2012

An Interview with Jim Downs

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

Our interview with Jim Downs, Assistant Professor of History and American Studies at Connecticut College and author of "Sick From Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering during the Civil War and Reconstruction" published by Oxford University Press. In the interview, Jim shares his thoughts on disease in the Civil War among freedmen, his take on the slave agency debate, and how he teaches...

Published 8/31/2012

An Interview with Keith Harris

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

The Civil War Monitor's interview with Keith Harris, host of "Cosmic America," a Civil War multi-media platform. In the interview we discuss Keith's goals with Cosmic America, other Civil War blogs that he recommends, and efforts in Keith's mind that can be made to bridge the gap between academic historians and the public.

Published 8/24/2012

An Interview with Elizabeth Leonard

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

Our interview with Elizabeth Leonard, the John J. and Cornelia V. Gibson Professor of History at Colby College and author of "Lincoln's Forgotten Ally: Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt of Kentucky." In this Lincoln Prize winning work, Dr. Leonard offers a fuller assessment of this complex man that goes beyond his role in the Lincoln Assassination trial. Dr. Leonard also discusses her approach to...

Published 8/17/2012

An Interview with Megan Kate Nelson

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

Our interview with Megan Kate Nelson, Lecturer of History and Literature at Harvard University and author of "Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War" now out with University of Georgia Press. Dr. Nelson's interview is part of The Civil War Monitor's new video interview series "Behind the Lines."In addition to the book, Dr. Nelson's reflects on one of the most influential books on her...