John Beecher : an activist poet chronicles an American century / Smith, Angela en_US
dc.contributor.department History en_US 2014-06-20T17:51:31Z 2014-06-20T17:51:31Z 2011 en_US
dc.description Adviser: Philippa E. Holloway. en_US
dc.description.abstract John Beecher's legacy of poetry and non-fiction spans the pivotal social movements in America from 1920--1980. He was a great-great-nephew of the abolitionist Beechers of New England, and his own activism continued that tradition, from his work in the Southern steel mills in the early 1920s to New Deal programs in the Great Depression to civil rights reporting in the 1960s. He constantly surveyed the plight of people that he believed were marginalized by economic and racial injustice, unfair labor practices and anti-left political scrutiny. While some critics have compared him to noted American poets Walt Whitman and Carl Sandburg, he never gained wide critical acclaim or a significant public audience. However, his extensive letters and other papers and a dozen published books contain a record of public concerns in American history from the plight of workers in the steel mills in the 1920s to the sharecroppers' struggles in the Depression to the civil rights marches in the 1960s and their aftermath. The central aspect of my research is to study Beecher's life and work to learn how the culture and politics of the South intersected with the broader American culture at pivotal points in the twentieth-century. en_US Ph.D. en_US
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Beecher, John, 1904-1980 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Poets, American 20th century Political and social views en_US
dc.subject.lcsh American poetry 20th century History and criticism en_US
dc.subject.lcsh History, United States en_US
dc.subject.lcsh History, Modern en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Literature, American en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Biography en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Doctoral en_US
dc.title John Beecher : an activist poet chronicles an American century / en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
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