I was surprised to see an advertisement for North and South magazine in the latest issue of Hallowed Ground that included a special discount to new subscribers. Keith Poulter has a brand new website up, which suggests that he is trying to bring back to life what was once a first-rate publication. Unfortunately, those days have long passed. It is true that when the magazine hit the newsstands back in 1997, it set a new standard for what a popular history publication could be. It regularly attracted some of the top scholars in the field and introduced aspects of the war that had never made it into a popular magazine format.
Looking back it is clear that the most important asset on Poulter’s staff was Terry Johnston and he has just launched The Civil War Monitor, which I strongly encourage you to consider. My N&S subscription recently expired and I have no intention of renewing it, not simply because of the way I was handled as an author, but more importantly because of the declining quality of the content. Perhaps I am being unnecessarily critical, but in this economy consumers deserve information with which to base a decision and I am certainly not the first person to raise concerns. For me it was an investment that went sour and that alone deserves to be made known. I am very happy with The Civil War Monitor and as an author and reader I couldn’t be more pleased with Civil War Times.
We shall see whether Poulter can salvage his magazine.