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Reformers to RadicalsThe Appalachian Volunteers and the War on Poverty$
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Thomas Kiffmeyer

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125091

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125091.001.0001

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On the Brink of War

On the Brink of War

(p.17) 1 On the Brink of War
Reformers to Radicals


University Press of Kentucky

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

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