Morehead State University

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Organizing the South: Progressive Activism in America's Most Conservative Region

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Morehead State University

Abstract

The American South is an area that has been predominantly influenced by religious fundamentalism and conservative politics. However, some Southerners challenge the nearly homogeneous culture in an attempt to upset the status quo. This research consists of interviews with young people (aged 18-30) in the South who are involved in activism or organizing in the region. It explores the elements of successful, and unsuccessful, progressive political and social organizing in Appalachia and the South.

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Organizing the South: Progressive Activism in America's Most Conservative Region

The American South is an area that has been predominantly influenced by religious fundamentalism and conservative politics. However, some Southerners challenge the nearly homogeneous culture in an attempt to upset the status quo. This research consists of interviews with young people (aged 18-30) in the South who are involved in activism or organizing in the region. It explores the elements of successful, and unsuccessful, progressive political and social organizing in Appalachia and the South.