Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Gospel of the Working Class – Labor's Southern Prophets in New Deal America - Illinois Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

The Gospel of the Working Class: Labor's Southern Prophets in New Deal America

Erik S. Gellman and Jarod Roll


This book, a dual biography and cultural history, traces the influence of two southern activist preachers, one black and one white, who used their ministry to organize the working class in the 1930s and 1940s across lines of gender, race, and geography. Owen Whitfield and Claude Williams, along with their wives, Zella Whitfield and Joyce Williams, drew on their bedrock religious beliefs to stir ordinary men and women to demand social and economic justice in the eras of the Great Depression, New Deal, and Second World War. In chronicling the shifting contexts of the actions of Whitfield and Wil ... More

Keywords: southern activist, southern preachers, working class, Owen Whitfield, Claude Williams, economic justice, social justice, Christian theology, civil rights unionism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036309
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036309.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erik S. Gellman, author
University of Mississippi

Jarod Roll, author
University of Sussex