Civil War Series

The Civil War Series with Dr. James Robertson, Jr.

Thanks for visiting this page on our web site. We are continuing the digitizing from master recordings of this popular series first broadcast on WVTF September 3, 1994 and on subsequent Fridays for nearly 14 years. We will make segments from our archives available to you each week so you can listen through our web site or via the Civil War series podcast. 

The process of revitalizing these radio treasures, in order to make them available to an international audience over the Internet and podcasts, is a labor intensive undertaking. We would greatly appreciate your financial support to sustain the series on line and through podcasts. 

The Civil War Series is sponsored by Virginia Tech's Center for Civil War Studies.  

 

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Originally aired on December 16, 1994 - In part 16 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson tells us about the man who made Santa Claus.

#16 – Santa Claus

Thomas Nast was devastating with his artist’s pen. For 30 years his editorial page cartoons converted well-known politicians into cartoon characters. So vicious could Nast be that many Americans considered him the basis for the adjective “nasty”.

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Originally aired on December 23, 1994 - In part 17 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson profiles Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He penned a famous poem on Christmas Day in 1864 despite personal tragedy.

#17 – Christmas Bells

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Originally aired on December 30, 1994 - In part 18 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson discusses the role of religion during the Civil War. 

#18 – Religious Denominations and War

Religion and war usually become inexorably linked together. Warfare does not always explode over religious differences; but once combat starts, religion often becomes a foundation as well as a fortress for participants. The American Civil War is applicable on both counts.

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Originally aired on January 06, 1995 - In part 19 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson discusses how the Confederate States and the Union States differed constitutionally. The answer, he says, is the foundation for the Civil War itself.

#19 – Confederate Constitution

A question often asked is how constitutionally the Confederate States differed from the United Sates. It is a natural inquiry, as well as a vital one, for in the answer is the foundation of the Civil War itself.

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Originally aired on January 13, 1995 - In part 20 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson profiles General Robert E. Lee.

#20 – General Robert E. Lee

For decades, much of the nation was paused in the third week of January to pay honor to one who epitomized both the consummate soldier and the complete gentleman. Robert Edward Lee would doubtless be uncomfortable in the face of such esteem. He certainly would be surprised by it. After all, Lee is the only American general ever to lose a war.

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