Historians in Service of a Better South

Essays in Honor of Paul Gaston

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Pages: 328

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 04/01/2017

ISBN: 9-781-6030-6446-0

List Price: $29.95


NewSouth Books

Historians in Service of a Better South

Essays in Honor of Paul Gaston

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Amid the soaring oratory of Martin Luther King and the fiery rhetoric of George Wallace, scholars who worked with the Southern Regional Council during the civil rights movement spoke quietly, but with the authority of informed reason. Prominent among them was Professor Paul Gaston of the University of Virginia, who co-authored an influential analysis of school segregation, served as president of the SRC board, and authored The New South Creed.

Gaston’s legacy of service includes his role as a mentor of historians. He oversaw more than two dozen dissertations at UVA from 1957 to the year 2000. These illuminated important aspects of the South and the civil rights movement while contributing to the growth of community and organizational studies within the field of social history. The articles in this Festschrift feature essays that he inspired among his students and colleagues.

Edward L. Ayers

James H. Hershman

Matthew D. Lassiter

Lynda J. Morgan

Robert J. Norrell

Robert A. Pratt

Randolph D. Werner

Raymond Gavins

John T. Kneebone

Gregg Michel

Andrew H. Myers

Stephen O'Neill

Steve Suitts

About the Author/Editor

Robert J. Norrell (Editor)
ROBERT J. NORRELL is a native of Hazel Green, Alabama. He holds the Bernadotte Schmitt Chair of Excellence at the University of Tennessee. After earning a BA and PhD at the University of Virginia, Norrell taught at Birmingham-Southern College and the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. His 2009 biography, Up from History: the Life of Booker T. Washington, was received with national acclaim. In 2005 he published a well-reviewed interpretation of US race relations, The House I Live In: Race in the American Century. His Reaping the Whirlwind: The Civil Rights Movement in Tuskegee won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award in 1986. He is the author of seven additional books and twenty scholarly articles. Eden Rise is his first work of fiction.

Andrew H. Myers (Editor)
Andrew H. Myers is Professor of American Studies at the University of South Carolina Upstate. He is author of Black, White & Olive Drab: Racial Integration at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and the Civil Rights Movement (2006). He has contributed essays to Military Culture and Education (2011); Recovering the Piedmont Past: The South Carolina Upcountry during the Nineteenth Century (2013); and Citizen Scholar: Essays in Honor of Walter Edgar (2016). He also has written a chapter for the forthcoming Recovering the Piedmont Past II: Bridging the Centuries in the South Carolina Upcountry, 1877–1941, which he is co-editing with Timothy P. Grady.