The Newberry Seminar in Labor History
Co-Sponsored by the Chicago and Urbana campuses of the University of Illinois, and the Labor and Working Class History Association
Friday, February 13, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
"Class, Gender, and Religion during the U.S. Catholic Labor Moment: The Campaign for a Feast Day for Christ the Worker, 1938-1963"
Steve Rosswurm, Lake Forest College
Efforts to establish and official feast day for Christ the Worker in the U.S. originated in Catholic participation in the CIO upsurge of the late 1930s. Its evolution and ultimate failure reveal much about the interrelationship between class, gender, and religion during the heyday of Catholic laborism. The substitution of the less class-specific and more patriarchal St. Joseph the Worker for Christ the Worker in the 1950s, moreover, suggests a good deal about the social development of the Catholic working-class.
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