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The New Economy and the Modern South$
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Michael Dennis

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032917

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032917.001.0001

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Democratic Vistas in the Old Dominion

Democratic Vistas in the Old Dominion

Organizing for Change among Working Virginians

(p.231) Chapter 8 Democratic Vistas in the Old Dominion
The New Economy and the Modern South

Michael Dennis

University Press of Florida

Beyond the political maneuvering in Richmond, some Virginians kept alive the notion that government could play a positive role in resolving complex social problems. That belief was founded on an even more basic assumption: that social and economic injustice existed, one which mainstream media could not accept in the era of the NASDAQ miracle. The Virginia Organizing Project (VOP) was only one of these groups, but its multi-issue focus made it a particularly prominent fixture on the landscape of progressive reform in Virginia. The VOP began to address the need for a multiracial movement focused on social democratic reform. It raised questions that Virginia business leaders and political elites preferred to ignore. Fostering collective possibilities, it sought to alleviate the sense of fragmentation that afflicted American society in the years after the activist 1960s.

Keywords:   Virginia Organizing Project, social injustice, economic injustice, social democratic reform, fragmentation, multiracial movement

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