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Apr 15, 2009


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I would find it hard to beleive that Kanawha Cty W Va. was a hotbed of "Berkely Radicals" in 1974. I would imagine that many of those favoring the new textbooks were fairly conservative folks themselves. They would have been whatever the W Va version of "country club republican" was. In some ways this fight must have looked like one in the long line of W Va. union vs management fights.


I seem to recall learning that for the most part the "elites" of W Va. were not folks with deep roots in the state. They were outsiders who bought or stole (depending on who you ask) the mineral rights and came to the state to run the mines and chemical plants.

Michael W. Kruse

"I would find it hard to beleive that Kanawha Cty W Va. was a hotbed of "Berkely Radicals" in 1974."

I think Bishop would agree and that is an important point. The textbook advocates weren't radical by the standards of what was becoming mainstream culture. It was the perception by the protesters that mainstream culture had become radical that prompted the rebellion.


This was also a time when a large number of these private protestants had begun to share in the "American Dream." for the 1st time. The combination of their piety and the arrival of good jobs (often government related in areas like defense) had turned them into property owners and tax payers.

It's been a long while but I remember an article back in the 80's that told of the challenges being faced by pastors in the holiness style traditions. It's much easier to preach/teach against fancy clothes and houses when the folks in your congregation cannot afford that stuff.


Or another angle. From 1970-1990 in how many small towns across the south and midwest did the Assembly of God go from having the dumpiest church building in a bad part of town to have the finest church facility around on the outskirts of town.

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