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(Photograph: Brian Black)


(Photograph: George F. Thompson)


Brian Black, a native of Pennsylvania who has led field trips to Gettysburg for years, is a professor of history and environmental studies at Pennsylvania State University, Altoona, where is also serves as Head of the Division of Arts and Humanities. Black is a former editor of Pennsylvania History who has also served on the editorial staffs of American Studies, Audubon, The Gettysburg Review, Journal of Economic History, and Military History Quarterly. His articles have appeared in Civil War History, Environmental History, and Journal of American History, and his reviews and opinion pieces in The Christian Science Monitor and USA Today and on the History News Network. Black is an author and editor of ten books that deal with the environment, including Petrolia: The Landscape of America's First Oil Boom (Johns Hopkins, 2000), Nature in Everyday Life, Vol. 1: Nineteenth Century and Vol. 2: Twentieth Century (Greenwood, 2006), and Crude Reality: Petroleum in World History (Rowman and Littlefield, 2012).


Richard B. Megraw, a native of Pennsylvania whose relatives died at Gettysburg, is an associate professor of American studies at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and the author of Confronting Modernity: Art and Society in Louisiana (Mississippi, 2008).





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