Gaines Foster is professor of history at Louisiana State University, where he has taught for almost 40 years and where Colin was a graduate student. Gaines is the author of Ghosts of the Confederacy, which has become a classic study of the Lost Cause, Confederate tradition, and the politics of historical memory. Gaines also talks about Moral Reconstruction, published in 2003, which examines Christian lobbyists' ability to legislate morality in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Gaines continues to write about Civil War memory and is working on a collection of essays examining it. Given his long career as a historian, Gaines discusses how he has been fortunate to be where he is and how the job market these days for younger scholars is challenging, to say the least.
So, you wanna be a musician? Listen to Colin's talk with Mark Carson to find out. Mark has a doctoral degree from Louisiana State University, where he graduated in 2003 after completing a dissertation on southern politicians and the Vietnam War. Mark has long been playing and recording music, but since he finished grad school, he's been back and forth between New Orleans and Nashville. His latest group is Carson Station. They are a country outfit that has a new single and are working on putting out not one, but two albums.
Do you have what it takes, kid? Listen and get the lowdown on the 21st century music business from someone who has paid his dues, but still loves it.