Byerly, herself the daughter of a mill worker, has compiled a fascinating series of oral histories of ``cotton mill girls.'' Spanning much of the 20th century and dealing with both blacks and whites, these accounts reveal above all the ambivalence of these women toward the mills. While hard work, low wages, racial discrimination, and anti-union sentiments among managers marked the lives of female mill workers, the mills did provide both a step up economically from tenant farm labor and a sense of camaraderie among the working women. Byerly's obvious leftist bias may bother some, and she has included blacks who never worked in the mills. Nonetheless, this powerful and important work is highly recommended for most libraries.Anthony O. Edmonds, History Dept., Ball State Univ., Muncie, Ind.