Book Review: Struggle for the Soul of the Postwar South: White Evangelical Protestants and Operation Dixie by Elizabeth Fones-Wolf and Ken Fones-Wolf
In Struggle for the Soul of the Postwar South, Elizabeth Fones-Wolf and Ken Fones-Wolf provide a richly researched, informative, and important intervention into the literature on labor and religion in the twentieth-century American South. The authors narrate the CIO’s failed effort in “Operation Dixie” to organize the South immediately after the end of the Second World War. In doing so, they provide: a new narrative for under-standing the interaction among southern evangelical Protestants, labor, and New Deal policies and politics in the 1930s and 1940s; a more detailed explanation for the failure of Operation Dixie focused on the CIO’s inability or unwillingness to understand the complexities of southern evangelical Protestantism; and a detailed portrait of white, southern working-class evangelical Protestants’ connection to labor and radical politics. On this third point, while the authors acknowledge that histories of labor in the...
Creech, Joe, "Book Review: Struggle for the Soul of the Postwar South: White Evangelical Protestants and Operation Dixie by Elizabeth Fones-Wolf and Ken Fones-Wolf" (2017). Christ College Faculty Publications. 57.