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Daniel Fountain

Associate Professor of History

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226 Joyner Hall
(919) 760-2825

Areas of Expertise

  • Early American History to 1876
  • Southern History
  • Public History

Work Experience

Professional biography

Dr. Dan Fountain is a proud native of Jacksonville, Florida, home of the NFL Jaguars and terminus of the mighty St. Johns River. He holds a bachelor's degree in history from Stetson University, a master's degree in Public history from UNC-Greensboro, and a doctorate degree in early American history from the University of Mississippi. Dr. Fountain's research interests focus on the nineteenth century US and the US South with a specific interest in the history of slavery and race. Dr. Fountain is author of Slavery, Civil War, & Salvation: African American Slaves and Christianity, 1830-1870 published by LSU Press in 2010. He has appeared on NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are?" where he helped actor Blair Underwood explore his ancestry and on the History Channel series "The States."  In recent years he has served as Chair of North Carolina’s State Historical Marker Program Committee, Chair and Director of the Historic Oak View County Park Advisory Board, as well as a member of the executive board of both the Carolina Charter Corporation and the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. In 2011 he was inducted into the Historical Society of North Carolina, an organization dedicated to the study and promotion of North Carolina History.  Membership in the Society is by nomination only and is limited to 75 active members.  Dr. Fountain and his lovely wife Michele are the proud parents of Tait, an active blue-eyed boy with an equally active imagination. Dr. Fountain is an avid sports fan with unshakeable allegiances to the Stetson Hatters, Ole Miss Rebels, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Chicago Cubs.

Academic Credentials

PhD. - Early American History to 1876, The University of Mississippi, 1999
M.A. - The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1993
B.A.. - History, Stetson University, 1989


Review of The Accidental Slaveholder: Revisiting a Myth of Race and Finding an American Famil. by Mark Auslander. (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011), Journal of Southern Religion (Vol. 14, 2012).

“Religion and Slavery,” in The Encyclopedia of Mississippi History Charles Reagan Wilson, ed., Forthcoming 2014.

Review of The Quarters and the Fields: Slave Families in the Non-Cotton South. by Damian Alan Pargas (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2010), The North Carolina Historical Review, April 2012, Vol. LXXXIV, No. 2, 208-209.

Slavery, Civil War & Salvation: African American Slaves and Christianity, 1830-1870 Louisiana State University Press, 2010.

“Slave Life and Culture” in Encyclopedia of the Early Republic and Antebellum America Christopher Bates, ed. M.E. Sharpe, 2010.

Study Guide Vol. 1 for “Out of Many: A History of the American People” Sixth Ed., Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2009.

“Charles Octavius Boothe” African American National Biography Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, eds. Oxford University Press, 2008.

"Slave Artisans" and "Arts & Crafts" in Slavery in the United States: A Social, Political, and Historical Encyclopedia, Junius Rodriguez, ed., ABC-Clio, 2007.

“Christ in Chains: Slavery’s Negative Impact on the Conversion of African American Slaves.” In Affect & Power: Essays on Sex, Slavery, Race, and Religion, edited by David J. Libby, Paul Spickard, and Susan Ditto. University Press of Mississippi, 2005.

"Christ Unchained: African-American Conversions during the Civil War Era" Ohio Valley History 3(Summer 2003): 31-46.

"War Hawks" in The Encyclopedia of the Louisiana Purchase Junius Rodriguez, ed., ABC Clio, 2002.

"Charles Colcock Jones, Jr." in The Encyclopedia of the American Civil War David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler, eds., ABC Clio, 2000.

"Southern Living and the Old South," Red River Valley Historical Quarterly 1(September 2000): 1-24.

"Slave Artisans" and "Arts & Crafts" in The Chronology of World Slavery Junius Rodriguez, ed., ABC-Clio, 1999.

"The Ironic Career of Zephaniah Kingsley," Southern Historian 17(Spring 1996): 34-44.

"Historians and Historical Archaeology: Slave Sites," The Journal of Interdisciplinary History 26(1, Summer 1995): 67-77.

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