Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

From "The Man With the Hoe" to "Tobacco Road": Class, Poverty and Religion and the Southern Tenant Farmers' Union
by Harvey, Shannon Lorraine, M.A., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012, 73; 1530260
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis explores the intersections of poverty, class and religion as they were debated and depicted within the Southern Tenant Farmers' Union (STFU). The STFU was a Christian and socialist inflected union of agricultural laborers that formed in response to the Agricultural Adjustment Act in 1934. I contextualize these depictions within the larger context of debates about poverty and religion in Depression Era literature and academic scholarship, particularly as they relate to the figure of the Southern sharecropper. Particular attention is paid to the figure of minister and Socialist Party member Howard Kester, and his role as an intermediary between the union and middle class audiences.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Maffly-Kipp, Laurie F.
Commitee: Ariel, Yaakov, Marr, Timothy
School: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department: Religious Studies
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: MAI 51/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Religious history, American studies
Keywords: Class, Depression, Howard kester, Religion, Southern tenant farmers' union, Stfu
Publication Number: 1530260
ISBN: 978-1-267-77994-6
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