New PDF release: Struggle for the Soul of the Postwar South: White

By Ken Fones-Wolf,Elizabeth A. Fones-Wolf

In 1946, the Congress of commercial firms (CIO) undertook Operation Dixie, an initiative to recruit business employees within the American South. Elizabeth and Ken Fones-Wolf plumb infrequently used archival resources and wealthy oral histories to discover the CIO's fraught come across with the evangelical Protestantism and non secular tradition of southern whites.


The authors' nuanced examine operating category faith unearths how employees around the strangely huge evangelical spectrum interpreted their lives via their religion. elements like sense of right and wrong, neighborhood desire, and lived adventure led person preachers to develop into union activists and mill villagers to defy the foreman and minister alike to hear organizers. because the authors convey, in spite of the fact that, either side enlisted trust within the conflict. in spite of everything, the lack of northern organizers to beat the suspicion with which many evangelicals considered modernity performed a key position in Operation Dixie's failure, with repercussions for hard work and liberalism which are nonetheless being felt today.


Identifying the function of the sacred within the fight for southern fiscal justice, and putting classification as a crucial point in southern faith, Struggle for the Soul of the Postwar South offers new understandings of ways whites within the quarter wrestled with the choices on hand to them in the course of a very important interval of swap and possibility.

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