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Willis Duke Weatherford: Race, Religion, and Reform in the American South

Andrew McNeill Canady

Abstract

Willis Duke Weatherford lived from 1875 to 1970 and played a key role in many of the significant social and political issues of his day, namely, race relations, education, religion, and Appalachian reform. Weatherford was driven to do so because of his Christian beliefs, particularly a philosophy known as personalism. Beginning in 1908, Weatherford became a pioneer in interracial work in the U.S. South, staying active in this field until the end of his life. From 1900 to 1945 Weatherford was also one of the central figures in the YMCA, a time when this institution wielded strong influence on c ... More

Keywords: race relations, southern liberalism, YMCA, Appalachia, religion, Blue Ridge, Fisk University, Berea College, African Americans, social gospel

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780813168159
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813168159.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew McNeill Canady, author
Averett University