The Gospel of the Working Class

The Gospel of the Working Class
Author : Erik S. Gellman
Publisher : University of Illinois Press
Total Pages : 221
Release : 2011
ISBN 10 : 9780252036309
ISBN 13 : 0252036301
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Gospel of the Working Class Book Description:

In this exceptional dual biography and cultural history, Erik S. Gellman and Jarod Roll trace 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 Williams,The Gospel of the Working Classsituates Christian theology within the struggles of some of America's most downtrodden workers, transforming the dominant narratives of the era and offering a fresh view of the promise and instability of religion and civil rights unionism.


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