This Wednesday, Al Zambone will be talking with Megan Kate Nelson. She’s the author of a book that’s been getting a lot of attention in the last two years, Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War (2012). Prior to Ruin Nation, she had written a wonderful cultural history of the Okefenokee Swamp entitled The Trembling Earth. As she admits in the conversation, despite being trained as a nineteenth century expert, she had never studied the Civil War until she conceived of Ruin Nation. Proving that the Civil War is to a historian as a candle is to a moth (absolutely irresistible), she’s now working on a book studying the Civil War in the American West.
Megan blogs under the nom-de-plume Historista, at www.historista.com, where she chronicles the interesting ways in which people engage with history in every day life–a subject close to this podcast’s heart! Go check it out! And enjoy the program when its ready for download on Wednesday.
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