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Struggle for the Soul of the Postwar South: White Evangelical Protestants and Operation Dixie

Elizabeth Fones-Wolf and Ken Fones-Wolf

Abstract

In 1946, the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) undertook Operation Dixie, an initiative to recruit industrial workers in the American South. This book explores the CIO's fraught encounter with the evangelical Protestantism and religious culture of southern whites. The book's nuanced look at working-class religion reveals how laborers across the surprisingly wide evangelical spectrum interpreted their lives through their faith. Factors like conscience, community need, and lived experience led individual preachers to become union activists and mill villagers to defy the foreman and mini ... More

Keywords: Congress of Industrial Organizations, CIO, Operation Dixie, industrial workers, American South, evangelical Protestantism, religious culture, southern whites, working-class religion, union activists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039034
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039034.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Fones-Wolf, author
West Virginia University

Ken Fones-Wolf, author
West Virginia University