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Victoria W. Wolcott
SUNY Research Foundation, Buffalo State College (Buffalo, NY 14222-1004)
The Utopian Strain in the Long Civil Rights Movement

A book-length study of the long civil rights movement.

"Living in the Future: The Utopian Strain in the Long Civil Rights Movement" explores the contributions intentional utopian communities that practiced interracialism, cooperative economics, and nonviolence made to the long civil rights movement. As early as the 1920s there were significant experiments in interracial communalism at labor colleges, folk schools, and urban and rural cooperatives. By the 1940s members of the Congress of Racial Equality and the Fellowship of Reconciliation living in interracial utopian communities began to actively train activists in radical nonviolence. By living cooperatively and communally they were creating a new reality that would serve as a model for civil rights activists. More pragmatically, these communities’ members trained activists and created real change in the economic and political fortunes of African Americans. Their vision of a future with full racial equality and economic justice fueled the utopian strain in the long civil rights movement.

Project fields:
African American History; African American Studies; U.S. History

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

$25,200 (approved)
$25,200 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 6/30/2016