Gaines Foster

Gaines M. Foster 

LSU Foundation M.J. Foster Professor of History


Courses Taught

U.S. History survey; The New South; U.S. Historiography; Southern Identity in an Age of Diversity


Current Research Interests

The continuing battle over the memory of the Civil War


Interested in Directing Theses On

The South since the Civil War; memory; American religion



B.A. Wofford College, 1971; M.A. (1973), Ph.D. (1982), University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill


Awards and Honors

Phi Beta Kappa; Council of Southern Graduate Schools Achievement Award for New Scholars, 1988; Fletcher M. Green Award, 1984; Robert R.W. Connor Award, 1977


Notable Articles

“A Christian Nation: Signs of a Covenant,” in Bonds of Affection: Americans Define Their Patriotism (Princeton U. Press, 1996)
“Guilt Over Slavery: A Historiographical Analysis,” The Journal of Southern History 56 (November 1990)
“Coming to Terms with Defeat: Post-Vietnam America and the Post-Civil War South,” The Virginia Quarterly Review 66 (Winter, 1990)
“Woodward and Southern Identity,” The Southern Review 21 (April 1985)



Moral Reconstructions:  Christian Lobbyists and the Federal Legislation of Morality, 1865-1920; Ghosts of the Confederacy:  Defeat, the Lost Cause, and the Emergence of the New South, 1865-1912; The Demands of Humanity:  Army Medical Department Disaster Relief