Barbara Tomblin is getting interviewed on Tavis Smiley show!

Crazy news.  After toiling away for a few years researching a book on escaped civil war slaves and their role in the Union Navy’s blockade of the South in the Civil War, and after push push pushing to get it published, my mother in law, Barbara Tomblin finally got her third (I think) book published.  Then, before she’s even given her daughter a copy  to put on our book shelf next to G.I. Nightingales and With Utmost Spirit, we got a call yesterday that she’s going to be on the radio on the Tavis Smiley show today.  I guess the interview is getting taped today, will probably get picked up on the radio show later today, and then will be podcast at some point on the website.

Anyway. I’m posting this here so maybe Google will pick up a link and anyone searching for “the role played by escaped slaves in the Union blockade along the Atlantic coast” will have a better chance of finding her interview.


2 thoughts on “Barbara Tomblin is getting interviewed on Tavis Smiley show!

  1. hello! I work for the Scripps College Office of Public Relations, and am trying to find out more information about Barbara’s book so we can include a segment on it in the magazine potentially. I was unable to find the podcast online, do you have a link potentially to it? Or, a short description about the book from her that might be a little more specific?
    Thank you!

  2. Laura,

    Barbara was interviewed, and the podcast will be up eventually, but so far we’ve heard nothing. I will let her know that you want more information on her book. But, that said, I’m pretty certain that she’s already dropped a copy off for Dennison Library’s collection, and I also found it in Honnold’s on-line catalog here. You could have a student of military history review the book for your magazine, or read the book yourself, or else just quote from the book jacket!

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