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“Laborers Together with God”

Title: “Laborers Together with God”: Civilian Public Service and Public Health in the South during World War II.
Name(s): Tomlinson, Angela E., author
Jones, Maxine Deloris, professor directing dissertation
Montgomery, Maxine L., 1959-, university representative
Jones, James Pickett, committee member
Koslow, Jennifer Lisa, 1970-, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Arts and Sciences, degree granting college
Department of History, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (273 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: During World War II, the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940 required conscientious objectors (COs) who opposed any form of military service to perform "work of national importance under civilian direction." The program that carried out this alternative service was the Civilian Public Service (CPS), in which approximately 12,000 pacifists served at 151 camps established across the nation during the war. Some of those camps were in Florida and Mississippi, where CPS men worked with state and local public health authorities to combat diseases that plagued the South's poor, including hookworm and malaria. Though an advance over previous options for COs, CPS was not always well-received, by either the American people or the men who served within it. This dissertation will examine the camps in Florida and Mississippi to assess the success (or lack thereof) of the CPS alternative service program during the war, and also to explore the larger question of how well the United States upholds and protects the right of its citizens (particularly, nonconformist citizens) during a time of national crisis.
Identifier: FSU_2015fall_Tomlinson_fsu_0071E_12875 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of History in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester 2015.
Date of Defense: October 30, 2015.
Keywords: Alternative Service, Civilian Public Service, Conscientious Objection, CPS, Selective Service, World War II
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Maxine D. Jones, Professor Directing Dissertation; Maxine L. Montgomery, University Representative; James P. Jones, Committee Member; Jennifer L. Koslow, Committee Member.
Subject(s): United States -- History
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Host Institution: FSU

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