Tales of American History® with Kent Masterson Brown
Podcast 110: EMBATTLED FREEDOM: JOURNEYS THROUGH THE CIVIL WAR’S SLAVE REFUGEE CAMPS. Interview with Dr. Amy Taylor.
Dr. Amy Murell Taylor discusses with Kent Masterson Brown the fascinating stories of the legal ambiguities surrounding slaves during the Civil War, especially in Union-occupied Central Kentucky. Dr. Taylor is a Professor of History at the University of Kentucky where she was honored with a “Great Teacher Award” from the U.K. Alumni Association. Dr. Taylor’s research interests are in the area of the Civil War and Reconstruction in the South. Her recent book, “Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps” was published in 2018 by UNC Press and has won many national awards.
Dr. Christopher Phillips is the John and Dorothy Hermanies Professor of American History and the University Distinguished Research Professor in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. His research interests are in the area of the Civil War and Reconstruction – in the South and West, especially the border States and he is the author/editor of eight books on slavery, emancipation, the Civil War, and memory.
Kent talks with Wayne Motts, Chief Executive Officer of the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Wayne will talk about the museum and its vast collection of remarkable artifacts from all theatres of the American Civil War.
Kent Masterson Brown talks with Ronald F. Maxwell, one of America’s most noted independent film writers and directors. Along with The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia and Parent Trap, Ron is best known for the films Gettysburg, Gods and Generals, and Copperhead.
Kent Masterson Brown, President of the Witnessing History Education Foundation, Inc., and current President of the Kentucky Civil War Roundtable, tells its story as the second oldest and largest civil war roundtable in the United States. This episode includes an excerpt from the speech of William H. Townsend, the very first President of the Kentucky Civil War Roundtable, as he addressed the Chicago Roundtable in October 1952 about Cassius Marcellus Clay.
Listen as Kent Masterson Brown describes his work on the forthcoming Witnessing History Education Foundation production, In the Declaration all men are created equal: Abraham Lincoln in Illinois, 1830 to 1860.
Exploring an untold story of the American Civil War, Kent Masterson Brown talks with eminent Civil War author and historian, Brian Steel Wills, about his book, Inglorious Passages: Noncombat Deaths in the American Civil War, which brings to light the stories of non-combat deaths and the grave toll those deaths took on soldiers and civilians from 1861 to 1865. Brian Steel Wills is the Director of the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era and Professor of History at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Kent Masterson Brown talks with American Civil War author and historian, A. Wilson Greene, about his latest book, A Campaign of Giants: The Battle for Petersburg, the first of three volumes on the Petersburg Campaign published by the University of North Carolina Press.
Listen to the tale of Colonel Eugene Erwin, Henry Clay’s grandson, who was killed at Vicksburg fighting for the Confederacy, and Josephine Russell, his wife, who, after the war, became the first and greatest woman horse breeder in the world.