Race, Class, and Community in Southern Labor History

Overview

Under the leadership of Gary M Fink and Merl E. Reed, Georgia State University has hosted the Southern Labor Studies Conferences approximately every two years. The conferences have yielded two previous volumes, published in 1977 and 1981, and this volume, which contains selected papers from the seventh conference held in 1991. As evidenced by the quality of these essays, the field of southern labor history has come into its own. Research interest is peaking: the practitioners are younger scholars, and much of ...
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Overview

Under the leadership of Gary M Fink and Merl E. Reed, Georgia State University has hosted the Southern Labor Studies Conferences approximately every two years. The conferences have yielded two previous volumes, published in 1977 and 1981, and this volume, which contains selected papers from the seventh conference held in 1991. As evidenced by the quality of these essays, the field of southern labor history has come into its own. Research interest is peaking: the practitioners are younger scholars, and much of their work emphasizes the new social and political history. While the topics covered in this volume usually reflect that methodology, their chronology ranges from the antebellum period to the 1970s, suggesting the variety of sources and changing research approaches that can be used in rendering new meaning to the past. Although the subject of gender was generally a minor theme in these sessions, work now being done leaves no doubt that at some future conference gender will attract a commanding amount of attention. In introducing and describing their respective areas, the associate editors, Robert M. Zieger (textile workers), Joe W. Trotter Jr., (African Americans), and Clifford M. Kuhn (labor politics), have provided a rich historiographical background. The essays in this volume will enlighten the reader on many important aspects of the history of southern labor, and they will also raise new questions to be explained by other scholars and future conferences.
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Proceedings of the 7th Southern Labor Studies Conference held at Georgia State University in 1991. Contains 13 essays on gender, paternalism, unions, and race in the period from the antebellum times to the 1970s. Many of the contributors are younger scholars and their research reflects changing approaches in the new social and political history. Covers textile workers, the place of black workers, and labor and politics in the New South era. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737262469
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Pages: 297

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1 Gender Relations in Southern Textiles: A Historiographical Overview 9
2 Paternalism and Southern Textile Labor: A Historiographical Review 17
3 Patriarchy Lost: The Preconditions for Paternalism in the Odell Cotton Mills of North Carolina, 1882-1900 27
4 Prelude to the New Deal: The Political Response of South Carolina Textile Workers to the Great Depression, 1929-1933 41
5 J. P Stevens and the Union: Struggle for the South 53
6 Black Workers in Antebellum Richmond 72
7 Overseers and the Nature of Southern Labor Contracts 87
8 Hope versus Reality: The Emancipation Era Labor Struggles of Memphis Area Freedmen, 1863-1870 97
9 Black Workers Remember: Industrial Unionism in the Era of Jim Crow 121
10 Twice the Work of Free Labor? Labor, Punishment, and the Task System in Georgia's Convict Mines 146
11 The Failure of Operation Dixie: A Critical Turning Point in American Political Development? 166
12 Christian Radicalism, McCarthyism, and the Dilemma of Organized Labor in Dixie 190
13 George Wallace, Civil Rights, and the Alabama AFL-CIO 212
Notes 231
Editors and Contributors 289
Index 293
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