Mill Family: The Labor System in the Southern Cotton Textile Industry, 1880-1915

Mill Family: The Labor System in the Southern Cotton Textile Industry, 1880-1915

by Cathy L. McHugh
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195042999

ISBN-13: 9780195042993

Pub. Date: 04/28/1988

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The growing cotton textile industry of the postbellum South required a stable and reliable work force made up of laborers with varied skills. At the same time, Southern agriculture was in a depressed state. Families, especially those with many children, were therefore forced to look for work in the textile mills. Mill managers, in their own interest, created the

Overview

The growing cotton textile industry of the postbellum South required a stable and reliable work force made up of laborers with varied skills. At the same time, Southern agriculture was in a depressed state. Families, especially those with many children, were therefore forced to look for work in the textile mills. Mill managers, in their own interest, created the basis for a distinctive social and economic structure: the Southern cotton mill village. These villages, which included such accoutrements as good schools for the children, were paternalistic work environments designed to attract this desirable source of workers. This book examines the role of the family labor system in the early evolution of the postbellum Southern cotton textile industry, revealing how the mill village served as a focal point of economic and social cohesion as well as an institution for socializing and stabilizing its workers. The paternalism of the mill villages was not merely an instrument of capitalistic indoctrination, contends McHugh, but was shaped by market forces. McHugh employs a valuable body of archival material from the Alamance Mill, an important cotton textile mill in North Carolina, to illustrate her arguments.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195042993
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/1988
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.72(d)
Lexile:
1490L (what's this?)

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