Mar 29

Jim Crow Must Go: The UVA Story

Guest Lecturer: Paul M. Gaston, Professor Emeritus, Department of History

Paul M. Gaston is Professor of History Emeritus in the University of Virginia. He joined the faculty in 1957, and taught in the Corcoran Department of History until his retirement in 1997. His special interests are Southern History, the American Civil Rights Movement, and the South African liberation struggle. He is the author of The New South Creed: A Study in Southern Mythmaking (Knopf, 1970); Women of Fair Hope (Georgia, 1984); and Man and Mission: E. B. Gaston and the Origins of the Fairhope Single Tax Colony (Black Belt, 1993). He was president of the Southern Regional Council from 1984-88 and has been a member of its execucutive committee since 1974.

ABSTRACT: The story of how University of Virginia students, inspired and aided by the larger southern civil rights movement, forced the University to abandon legal segregation.

Link to Text of Gaston's Lecture


Woodward, C. Vann. 1974. "The Man on the Cliff" and "The Declining Years of Jim Crow," Chapters 4 and 5 In The Strange Career of Jim Crow. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 111-188.

Gaston, Paul. "'Sitting In' in the Sixties."

King, Martin Luther, Jr. 1963. "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."