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Gary Joiner: Diamonds have a history all to their own

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Dr. Gary Joiner
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Dr. Gary Joiner
Gary Joiner, Ph.D.

The world's largest diamond producer De Beers cut its output this year for a second time as demand for the gems weaken amid a supply glut. Commentator Gary Joiner has a history lesson on the diamond trade.

History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine

Gary Joiner is a cartographer and an associate professor of history at LSU in Shreveport. He is the author or editor of 12 books including “Shiloh and the Western Campaign of 1862,” “One Damn Blunder From Beginning to End: The Red River Campaign in 1864,” “Through the Howling Wilderness: The Red River Campaign and Union Failure in 1864,” “Red River Steamboats,” and “Mr. Lincoln's Brown Water Navy: Mississippi Squadron.”