A Fabric of Defeat: The Politics of South Carolina Millhands, 1910-1948 [NOOK Book]

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In this book, Bryant Simon brings to life the politics of white South Carolina millhands during the first half of the twentieth century. His revealing and moving account explores how this group of southern laborers thought about and participated in politics and public power.


Taking a broad view of politics, Simon looks at laborers as they engaged in political activity in many venues--at the polling station, on front porches, and on the shop ...

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A Fabric of Defeat: The Politics of South Carolina Millhands, 1910-1948

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Overview

In this book, Bryant Simon brings to life the politics of white South Carolina millhands during the first half of the twentieth century. His revealing and moving account explores how this group of southern laborers thought about and participated in politics and public power.


Taking a broad view of politics, Simon looks at laborers as they engaged in political activity in many venues--at the polling station, on front porches, and on the shop floor--and examines their political involvement at the local, state, and national levels. He describes the campaign styles and rhetoric of such politicians as Coleman Blease and Olin Johnston (himself a former millhand), who eagerly sought the workers' votes. He draws a detailed picture of mill workers casting ballots, carrying placards, marching on the state capital, writing to lawmakers, and picketing factories. These millhands' politics reflected their public and private thoughts about whiteness and blackness,
war and the New Deal, democracy and justice, gender and sexuality, class relations and consumption.


Ultimately, the people depicted here are neither romanticized nor dismissed as the stereotypically racist and uneducated "rednecks" found in many accounts of southern politics. Southern workers understood the political and social forces that shaped their lives, argues Simon, and they developed
complex political strategies to deal with those forces.

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Editorial Reviews

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This deeply researched and well-written volume stands as a rigorous study that fills a real need.

Journal of Social History

An interesting and valuable contribution to our understanding of twentieth-century white southern legal culture.

American Historical Review

A significant addition to the new scholarship on southern working-class whites.

The Journal of Southern History

[P]rovides an unusually engaging perspective on twentieth-century southern working-class history.

The Journal of American History

Represents essential reading for those who seek a deeper understanding of the American south's tortured course in the twentieth century.

Business History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807864494
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/1998
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Bryant Simon is assistant professor of history at the University of Georgia.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Man for Office Is Cole Blease 11
Ch. 2 Bleasism in Decline, 1924-1930 36
Ch. 3 Searching for Answers to the Great Depression 59
Ch. 4 We the People of the U.S.A.: New Deal Americanism on the Mill Hills 79
Ch. 5 Mr. Roosevelt Ain't Going to Stand for This: New Deal Battles, 1933-1934 90
Ch. 6 The General Textile Strike, September 1934 109
Ch. 7 The Enthronement of Textile Labor: The 1934 Governor's Race 123
Ch. 8 When Votes Don't Add Up: Olin D. Johnston and the Workers' Compensation Act, 1935-1937 137
Ch. 9 Fighting for the Right to Strike, 1935-1936 151
Ch. 10 They Don't Like Us because We're Lintheads: The Highway Fight, 1935-1937 167
Ch. 11 The Carpetbaggers Are Coming: The 1938 Senate Race 188
Ch. 12 The New Politics of Race, 1938-1948 219
Conclusion 237
Appendix 241
Notes 247
Bibliography 305
Index 337
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