Paul M. Gaston

Professor Emeritus


Field & Specialties

U.S. South and Civil Rights


B.A. Swarthmore College 1952

Diploma, Danish Graduate School for Foreign Students 1953

M.A. University of North Carolina 1955

Ph.D. University of North Carolina 1961 


Coming of Age in Utopia: The Odyssey of an Idea (NewSouth Books, 2010).

The New South Creed: A Study in Southern Mythmaking (Knopf, 1970; Vintage, 1972; LSU, 1976.  Second Edition, NewSouth Books, 2002, )

Man and Mission:  E. B. Gaston and the Origins of the Fairhope Single Tax Colony (Black Belt Press, 1993).

Women of Fair Hope (University of Georgia Press, 1984; Black Belt Press, 1993).

 “My Yellow Ribbon Town: A Meditation on my Country and my Home,” in Anthony Dunbar (ed.), Where We Stand: Voices of Southern Dissent (NewSouth  Books, 2004), pp. 70-86.

“Reflections on Affirmative Action,” in Gary Orfield (ed.) Diversity Challenged:  Evidence on the Impact of Affirmative Action. (Harvard, 2001), pp. 277-293.

“After Jim Crow:  Civil Rights as Civil Wrongs,” in Jan  Nordby Gretlund (ed.), The Southern State of Mind, (South Carolina, 1999), pp. 36-48

My South—and Yours.  Pamphlet: Charlottesville, 1997

Sitting In in the Sixties: A Historian’s Memoir.  Pamphlet, 1997

“Fairhope: A Gilded Age Utopian Experiment,” in Valeria Gennaro Lerda (ed.) Città e Campagna dell’Eta Dorata: gli Stati Uniti tra utopia e Riforma.  Rome, 1986, pp. 137-151.

“A Southerner in South Africa,” Southern Changes (December 1986), 9-15.

“C. Vann Woodward, Southern Historian,” Virginia Quarterly Review, LVIII (Spring 1983),  327-334.

“Sutpen’s Door:  The South Since the Brown Decision,” in Ernest M. Lander, Jr., and Richard J. Calhoun (eds.), Two Decades of Change:  The South Since the Supreme Court Desegregation Decision.  (South Carolina), 1975, pp. 95-114.

“The South and the Quest for Equality,” New South, XXVII (Spring 1972), 2-13.

 “The ‘New South,’ in Arthur S. Link and Rembert W. Patrick (eds.), Writing Southern History:  Essays in Historiography in Honor of Fletcher M. Green ( LSU, 1965), chap 13.

Awards & Honors

 Legendary Civil Rights Activist Award, Charlottesville-Albemarle Branch, NAACP (2008)

Bridge Builders Award, City of Charlottesville (2005)

Brown v. Board of Education Recognition Award, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (2004)

Arabella Carter Award for Community Service, Swarthmore College (2001)

Honoree, Remember the Struggle: Charlottesville-Albemarle Branch, NAACP (2001)

Life Fellow, Southern Regional Council (1998)

Outstanding Faculty Award, State Council of Higher Education in Virginia. (1994)

Bethune-Roosevelt Award for contributions to racial understanding, UVa (1978)

Lillian Smith Award for Distinguished Writing about the South (1970)

Phi Beta Kappa, Swarthmore College (1952)