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The CIO and Operation Dixie

The CIO and Operation Dixie

A “Lamp Of Democracy” In The South

Chapter:
(p.37) Chapter 3 The CIO and Operation Dixie
Source:
Covering for the Bosses
Author(s):
Joseph B. Atkins
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781934110805.003.0003

This chapter explores the roots of the social justice movement in the South. It starts with the Congress of Industrial Organization’s (CIO) efforts in organizing the textile, tobacco, and other industrial workers in the Southern states, which would be known as “Operation Dixie.” The CIO aimed to create “one big union” that would be comprised of the unskilled and mass production workers of the country.

Keywords:   social justice movement, workers, Operation Dixie, Congress of Industrial Organizations, Southern states

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