Robert Morgan, the Kappa Alpha Professor of English, will appear in the first episode of the new History channel docudrama, "The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen” on Wednesday, March 7 at 9PM ET/PT. Morgan was tapped by the History Channel producers (who include Leonardo DiCaprio) for his expertise on Daniel Boone; he is the author of “Boone: A Biography” and “Lions of the West: Heroes and Villains of the Westward Expansion.”
The four-part, eight-hour History Channel series covers the first 75 volatile years of the United States, from the Revolution through the California Gold Rush. Featuring dramatized portrayals of frontier icons interlaced with exclusive interviews with experts – such as Morgan -- and survivalists, episode one explores the beginning of the American Revolution, where the outbreak of war spreads beyond the colonies into remote territory, forcing frontiersmen such as Boone to fight for his life and the future of his country.
In addition to his scholarly works, Morgan is the author of fourteen books of poetry and nine published volumes of fiction, including “Gap Creek,” a New York Times bestseller. His many awards include the James G. Hanes Poetry Prize by the Fellowship of Southern Writers, the Academy Award in Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the History Award Medal from the Daughters of the American Revolution. He was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 2010.