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Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World (Fred W. Morrison Series in Southern Studies)

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Since its original publication in 1987, Like a Family has become a classic in the study of American labor history. Basing their research on a series of extraordinary interviews, letters, and articles from the trade press, the authors uncover the voices and experiences of workers in the Southern cotton mill industry during the 1920s and 1930s. Now with a new afterword, this ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published August 14th 2000 by University of North Carolina Press (first published January 1st 1987)
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Kris
Mar 28, 2013 Kris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This history of the role that cotton mills in the piedmont had in developing the society and economy of the southeast is driven largely by the oral histories of mill workers. They were mostly born between 1890 and 1910 and usually came from rural farms - both pushed by depressed agricultural prices and the commercialization of agriculture and pulled by the possibility of improving their circumstances - to populate the workforce of the mills, bringing their rural culture with them to the mill vil ...more
Mark Bowles
Aug 15, 2014 Mark Bowles rated it really liked it
Jacqueline Dowd Hall, Like a Family; The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World (1987)
1. Studies the establishment, growth, and development of Southern textile industry
2. Concentrates on the mill workers and not the managers
3. The story was driven by the workers narrative
Elsa
Dec 25, 2015 Elsa rated it it was amazing
As part of and Eng. assignment I used some of the chapters from this book that were available online from as academic journals. I found the stories of the people involved so moving that I needed to read more. The writers offer the history of the textile hill mill villages in the southern United States from its origins to its demise. If you enjoy reading about the history of your home town or history, you will enjoy the information provided here!
Elaine Cunningham
Jun 24, 2010 Elaine Cunningham rated it really liked it
Solid, annecdotal social history. Despite being the work of six authors, the writing feels seemless.
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