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American Rambler with Colin Woodward

Feb 18, 2019

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.