DescriptionIn this 2000 interview, Marion B. Lucas, Professor Emeritus of the University of South Carolina, discusses his role in the documentation and discussion of the Civil War and the South. As stated in the interview, Lucas grew up in Jim Crow South Carolina and is a self-proclaimed early critic of segregation who formed an interest in the Civil War and wrote his masters thesis and doctoral dissertation on the subject. Through the publication of several books and articles, Lucas offers a critical view of topics pertaining to the Civil War and the South. In this interview, Lucas provides background information for the topics discussed in his published works including Sherman and the Burning of Columbia and A History of Blacks in Kentucky. Not only does Lucas supply short histories of each of these issues, he also discusses the manner in which he went about researching, finding, and analyzing historical sources that pertained to these topics. Lucas also discusses important historical issues such as race relations in the South, segregation, events during the Civil War, treatment of black soldiers in the South, as well as the role that the media played in forming these views.