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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Virginia Grantham, March 6, 1985. Interview F-0017. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Role of socialism in the Fellowship of Southern Churchmen

Grantham addresses the extent to which socialism influenced the thinking of the Fellowship of Southern Churchman. While she acknowledges that it may have had a stronger presence when the Fellowship was founded in 1934, Grantham suggests that by the 1950s when she became actively involved in the Fellowship that socialism was more of an underlying, rather than overt, presence.

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Oral History Interview with Virginia Grantham, March 6, 1985. Interview F-0017. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Did you ever catch a note of socialism in the Fellowship? Or was it primarily concerned with race?
VIRGINIA GRANTHAM:
Well, it may have been. I suppose there was an element of socialism. I have never given it much thought but I think it probably was in there. It depends upon what your definition of socialism is, I guess.
DALLAS BLANCHARD:
Well, yes there's a socialism, but in terms of better distribution.
VIRGINIA GRANTHAM:
Probably, I just don't remember that as a definite issue. I just think it may have been kind of a underlining.
DALLAS BLANCHARD:
Well, the context of that is that when the Fellowship was first organized in 1934.
VIRGINIA GRANTHAM:
Excuse me.
DALLAS BLANCHARD:
Sure.
VIRGINIA GRANTHAM:
I was too naive too, but whatever. Well, by the fifties.
DALLAS BLANCHARD:
It had changed. We were trying to see how much it had changed.
VIRGINIA GRANTHAM:
Well, if I had been more sharp I would have probably picked up more of that. But I was just sort of interested in the other aspects.