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Working AlternativesAmerican and Catholic Experiments in Work and Economy$
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John C. Seitz and Christine Firer Hinze

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823288359

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823288359.001.0001

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Southern Christian Work Camps and a Cold War Campaign for Racial and Economic Justice

Southern Christian Work Camps and a Cold War Campaign for Racial and Economic Justice

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(p.253) Southern Christian Work Camps and a Cold War Campaign for Racial and Economic Justice
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Working Alternatives
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Alison Collis Greene

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823288359.003.0010

This chapter looks at mid-twentieth-century southern Christians who saw interracial work camps in the South as a model for working alternatives to capitalism. Under Nelle Morton’s leadership, the Fellowship of Southern Churchmen organized the first integrated UNRRA cattle boat relief trip to postwar Europe and sent student work groups to support economic cooperatives across the South. These camps revealed both the potential and the limits of white-led activism in the service of racial and economic justice.

Keywords:   Christian, civil rights, race, socialism, South, work camp

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