Gaines M. Foster
T. Harry Williams Professor; Interim Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

132 Hodges Hall

COURSES TAUGHT:   U.S. History survey; The New South; U.S. Historiography
CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS:   The continuing battle over the memory of the Civil War
INTERESTED IN DIRECTING THESES AND DISSERTATIONS 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)

About  Ghosts of the Confederacy  

Moral Reconstruction: Christian Lobbyists and the Federal Legislation of Morality, 1865-1920 (2002)

Ghosts of the Confederacy: Defeat, the Lost Cause, and the Emergence of the New South, 1865-1913 (1987)