New Working History Episode Focuses on Religion’s Role in Organizing the South
SLSA’s latest Working History podcast, “Religion’s Role in Organizing the South,” is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud. In the episode, Professor Kenneth Fones-Wolf of West Virginia University discusses his book co-authored with Elizabeth Fones-Wolf, Struggle for the Soul of the Postwar South, the role of religion in the CIO’s Operation Dixie, and provides perspective on the participation of faith communities in the modern labor movement. The episode is hosted by Beth English, president of SLSA.
Kenneth Fones-Wolf is the Stuart and Joyce Robbins Chair Professor of History at West Virginia University. Much of his career has focused on labor and social history, particularly the intersection of religious belief and working-class activism. With his wife, Professor Elizabeth Fones-Wolf, he co-authored Struggle for the Soul of the Postwar South: White Evangelical Protestants and Operation Dixie, and for his next project, plans to explore the relationship of black churches and the labor movement during the CIO years (1935-1955). Fones-Wolf has also worked on Appalachian and West Virginia history topics, and for the past ten years has edited the journal, West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional Studies. He is the author of Culture, Class, and Politics in Modern Appalachia (WVU Press, 2009), Glass Towns: Industry, Labor and Political Economy in Appalachia, 1890-1930s (University of Illinois Press, 2007), Transnational West Virginia (WVU Press, 2002), The German-American Radical Press (University of Illinois Press, 1992), and Trade Union Gospel (Temple University Press, 1989).