William Stetson Kennedy (1916–2011)

William Stetson Kennedy (1916–2011) obituary William Stetson kennedy (1916­2011) peggy A. bulger American Folklife Center Stetson kennedy was a folklorist, oral historian, writer, anti-poverty government employee, and a lifelong Floridian. most of all, he was a tireless activist for liberal causes throughout the twentieth century--battling against racism, poverty, anti-immigration and anti-labor movements, and fighting for environmental protection. he died on August 27, 2011, at the age of 94, but his legacy lives on in the Stetson kennedy Foundation, with a mission to "carry forward mankind's unending struggle for human rights in a free, peaceful, harmonious, democratic, just, humane, bounteous and joyful world, to nurture our cultural heritages, and to faithfully discharge our commitment of stewardship over mother earth and all her progeny" (http://www .stetsonkennedy.com/foundation.html). Stetson was a friend and mentor to me and many others, and he will be missed. Stetson kennedy was an accidental folklorist, born to a prominent family in Jacksonville, Florida, where his father owned a large furniture business. As a teenager, Stetson worked in the family business to collect the "dollar down, dollar-a-week" debts owed by the poorest residents who rented furniture from his father. he began to write down the folk idiom, colloquial speech, and personal stories http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of American Folklore American Folklore Society

William Stetson Kennedy (1916–2011)

Journal of American Folklore, Volume 125 (496) – Apr 21, 2012

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obituary William Stetson kennedy (1916­2011) peggy A. bulger American Folklife Center Stetson kennedy was a folklorist, oral historian, writer, anti-poverty government employee, and a lifelong Floridian. most of all, he was a tireless activist for liberal causes throughout the twentieth century--battling against racism, poverty, anti-immigration and anti-labor movements, and fighting for environmental protection. he died on August 27, 2011, at the age of 94, but his legacy lives on in the Stetson kennedy Foundation, with a mission to "carry forward mankind's unending struggle for human rights in a free, peaceful, harmonious, democratic, just, humane, bounteous and joyful world, to nurture our cultural heritages, and to faithfully discharge our commitment of stewardship over mother earth and all her progeny" (http://www .stetsonkennedy.com/foundation.html). Stetson was a friend and mentor to me and many others, and he will be missed. Stetson kennedy was an accidental folklorist, born to a prominent family in Jacksonville, Florida, where his father owned a large furniture business. As a teenager, Stetson worked in the family business to collect the "dollar down, dollar-a-week" debts owed by the poorest residents who rented furniture from his father. he began to write down the folk idiom, colloquial speech, and personal stories

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Published: Apr 21, 2012

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