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On the Brink of War

THOMAS KIFFMEYER

in Reformers to Radicals

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780813125091
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135175 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125091.003.0002
On the Brink of War

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After George Brosi—a native of Oak Ridge, Tennessee—was enlightened after many “guilt-tripped” him about being raised in the “wrong part of the country” in which segregation proliferated, he participated actively in the civil rights movement in his hometown. Brosi left college to work at a hotel in Gatlinburg, the same hotel that housed the annual conference of the Council of the Southern Mountains (CSM). The CSM, which was one of the leading benevolent organizations at that time, tried to consider the interests of the churches, the state and county governments, the corporations, and other such aspects of their reform endeavors. In 1963, Brosi suggested that the poor whites also had to have their own movement and joined the CSM. Several Americans, such as Brosi, attempted to raise concerns regarding postwar Appalachia. The “great migration” in which Appalachians inhabited urban industrial centers caused several problems for Appalachia.

Keywords: George Brosi; Tennessee; segregation; CSM; great migration; urban industrial centers; Appalachia

Chapter.  10758 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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