Alamance: The Holt Family and Industrialization in a North Carolina County, 1837-1900 / Edition 1

Alamance: The Holt Family and Industrialization in a North Carolina County, 1837-1900 / Edition 1

by Bess Beatty
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807124494

ISBN-13: 9780807124499

Pub. Date: 01/28/2000

Publisher: Louisiana State University Press

In 1837, Edwin M. Holt — a thirty-year-old, fourth-generation North Carolinian — established a small spinning mill on his family's land along the Haw River in rural Orange County. By his death in 1884, Holt's small spinning mill had come to dominate the textile industry in Alamance County — which divided from Orange County in 1849 — and gave the

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In 1837, Edwin M. Holt — a thirty-year-old, fourth-generation North Carolinian — established a small spinning mill on his family's land along the Haw River in rural Orange County. By his death in 1884, Holt's small spinning mill had come to dominate the textile industry in Alamance County — which divided from Orange County in 1849 — and gave the area an industrial legacy that would last for generations.

Covering the Holt dynasty from the founding of the Alamance Factory in 1837 to the strike of 1900 that eventually shut down most of the family's mills, Alamance provides an excellent social history of southern industrial development. Bess Beatty intersperses chapters on the rise of the Holts with profiles on their workers to provide a thorough explanation of how industrialization affected sectional, familial, racial, and gender relations across class lines. Focusing on class formation and conflict, she rejects the long-held view that southern owners were paternalistic and that workers were docile and deferential, instead arguing that owners and workers had a contentious class-driven relationship, with both sides striving to maximize their economic success. Moreover, while Beatty shows that slavery, secession, war, defeat, and postbellum race relations influenced the development of southern industry, she maintains that industrialization in the South was not fundamentally different from that in other regions of the country.

Alamance's story of southern industrial power makes an outstanding contribution to the history of southern communities and will fascinate those interested in the region, as well as students of social, business, and labor history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807124499
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
972,790
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1A Man of Chance: Edwin Holt and the Alamance Factory, 1837-18601
2Worthy of Their Sire: An Industrial Family in Antebellum North Carolina30
3Those Who Might Otherwise be Wretched: Workers in the Alamance Factory, 1837-186053
4The Rich Man's War: Owners and Workers During the Civil War72
5A Sort of Resurrection: The Holt Mills During Reconstruction106
6Truly a Manufacturing Section: The Holt Mills, 1865-1900123
7Badges of Social Standing: The Holt Family, 1865-1900150
8Destined to Work: Alamance County Mill Workers, 1865-1900168
9Citizens of a Common Country: The Alamance County Strike of 1900197
10The Day Spencer Love Came to Town213
AppHolt Family Tree217
Bibliography221
Index235

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