Interracialism and Christian Community in the Postwar South: The Story of Koinonia Farm

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University of Virginia Press, 1997 - History - 236 pages
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Now available in paperback, Tracy K'Meyer's book is a thoughtful and engaging portrait of Koinonia Farm, an interracial Christian cooperative founded in 1942 by two white Baptist ministers in southwest Georgia. The farm was begun as an expression of radical southern Protestantism, and its interracial nature made it a beacon to early civil rights activists, who rallied to its defense and helped it survive attacks from the Ku Klux Klan and others.

Based on over fifty interviews with current and former Koinonia members, K'Meyer's book provides a history of the farm during its period of greatest influence. K'Meyer outlines the conceptual flaws that have troubled the community, but finds that Koinonia's enduring effect as a social movement--including Millard Fuller's founding of Habitat for Humanity, prompted by a 1965 visit to the farm--is far more meaningful than its internal conflicts. For anyone in search of a hardy strain of Christian progressivism in the Bible Belt, reading K'Meyer's book is an inspiring and intellectually fulfilling experience in its own right.

 

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Contents

Roots
11
The Word
25
Incarnation
42
Christian Community
63
The Crucible
81
A Fellowship of Believers
99
To Bear Witness
113
Wandering in the Desert
127
Koinonia and the Movement
145
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Eugene L. Stelzig, Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chair of the Department of English, SUNY Geneseo, is also the author of Hermann Hesse's Fictions of the Self: Autobiography and the Confessional Imagination and All Shades of Consciousness: Wordsworth's Poetry and the Self in Time.

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