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Joseph B. Atkins

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781934110805

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781934110805.001.0001

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The CIO and Operation Dixie

The CIO and Operation Dixie

A “Lamp Of Democracy” In The South

(p.37) Chapter 3 The CIO and Operation Dixie
Covering for the Bosses

Joseph B. Atkins

University Press of Mississippi

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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