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Dr. Gaines Foster, Civil War Memory (2020)




Genre: Speech

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2020-12-09

Duration: 00:27:31

Subjects: Rotary Club of Baton Rouge | Foster, Gaines M. | Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.) | History | Civil War


  • Foster, Gaines Speaker


This episode of the series “Newsmakers” features a speech by Dr. Gaines Foster before a virtual meeting of the Baton Rouge Rotary Club on December 9, 2020. Dr. Foster is the LSU Foundation M.J. Foster Professor of History at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He discusses: the tension between history and public memory; the three contrasting memories of the Civil War; the use of the Confederate flag as a symbol of resistance to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s; and the ongoing debate over Confederate symbolism. He also answers questions from the audience.