The beginning of a new year has often seen major developments in U.S. history. To kick off the New Year on History with Mark Bielski, Mark reviews some of the key events that have happened in American History during the month of January, including the Battle of New Orleans and the Emancipation Proclamation.
Photo: First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation of President Lincoln by Francis Bicknell Carpenter
Historian Mark Bielski
Mark Bielski is an historian, author, and the Director at Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours. He is also the host of History with Mark Bielski, a podcast where he discusses history from ancient to modern times with experts in their field. As the director at Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours, he is involved in business and educational development, historical guiding, lecturing and itinerary design for tours that primarily involve World War II in Europe and the American Civil War.
His first book, Sons of the White Eagle in the American Civil War: Divided Poles in a Divided Nation, combines his center of historical interest, the American Civil War, with a curiosity about Polish history. Mark is currently finishing up his second book, which will cover the Civil War in Louisiana, surprisingly, a subject that has not garnered the attention it deserves. He received his Ph.D. in History at the University of Birmingham, England as well as an M.A. and B.A. in English from Georgetown University and Tulane University respectively.