Call in to BackStory’s Civil War Show on January 30, 2011

by Brett Schulte on January 27, 2011 · 0 comments

Catherine Moore, a producer of Charlottesville’s Virginia Foundation for the Humanities radio show BackStory, reached out to TOCWOC recently to spread the word about their upcoming January 30, 2011 radio show.  It will be composed entirely of Civil War students calling in and getting their questions answered.  I encourage TOCWOC readers to check it out!  See the details below:


BackStory ( is a nationally-aired public radio show that brings historical perspective to the events happening around us today. On each show, the U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh tear a topic from the headlines and plumb its historical depths.

As part of its three-part Civil War Sesquicentennial series, BackStory is planning a show made up entirely of listener questions! 150 years after the fall of Fort Sumter, are there things about the conflict that still interest you?

Tens of thousands of books have been written on the subject, but what makes the Civil War relevant to us today, in 2011? Has America’s involvement in recent wars been shaped by lessons from the Civil War? Should it be? How have Americans understood the Civil War in previous generations, and how have historians’

interpretations of it changed over time? And last but not least — in what ways might discussion about the Civil War benefit from the BackStory “trans-century” approach?

Being a caller is really simple and takes about 15 minutes; it’s pre-taped, low-pressure, and a lot of fun! If you are interested in participating as a caller and posing a Civil War question to the History Guys, either email producer Catherine Moore ( or leave a comment on Civil War Call-In Show page ( We look forward to hearing from you!

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