Civil War talk Radio: December 17, 2004

by Brett Schulte on December 17, 2004 · 0 comments

Air Date:  121704
Subject: John Y. Simon: Sober Grants and Rubber Lincolns
Book: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, Volumes 1-28 (and continuing)
Guest: John Y. Simon
Summary:  Dr. John Y. Simon, editor of the Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, tells us what’s wrong with the way Abraham Lincoln is presented to the public.
Brett’s Summary:  Dr. Simon,  Professor of History at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and editor of The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant discusses Grant’s generalship, the ways in which prevailing historical views of academics change over decades and generations, and his utter disdain for the way the new Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illinois is presented as a sort of amusement park, a “Six Flags Over Lincoln” as Simon puts it.

Civil War Talk Radio airs most Fridays at 12 PM Pacific on World Talk Radio Studio A. Host Gerry Prokopowicz, the History Chair at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, interviews a guest each week and discusses their interest in the Civil War. Most interviews center around a book or books if the guest is an author. Other guests over the years have included public Historians such as park rangers and museum curators,wargamers, bloggers, and even a member of an American Civil War Round Table located in London, England.

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