Jarod Roll’s book Spirit of Rebellion: Labor and Religion in the New Cotton South has been awarded the Working Class Studies Association’s 2011 C.L.R. James Award for best published book for academic or general audiences.
Spirit of Rebellion reveals how ordinary rural citizens in the South used available resources and their shared faith to defend their agrarian livelihoods amid the political and economic upheaval of the first half of the twentieth century. Choice wrote, “Roll illuminates the socialist traditions of the region as well as the impact of Pentecostal religious movements of the farmers’ worldview. Recommended.”
The award will be presented at WCSA’s Conference in Chicago, June 22-25.