Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World

Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World

NOOK Book(eBook)

$25.29 $29.99 Save 16% Current price is $25.29, Original price is $29.99. You Save 16%.
View All Available Formats & Editions

Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps.
WANT A NOOK?  Explore Now

Overview

Since its original publication in 1987, Like a Family has become a classic in the study of American labor history. Basing their research on a series of extraordinary interviews, letters, and articles from the trade press, the authors uncover the voices and experiences of workers in the Southern cotton mill industry during the 1920s and 1930s. Now with a new afterword, this edition stands as an invaluable contribution to American social history.

"The genius of Like a Family lies in its effortless integration of the history of the family--particularly women--into the history of the cotton-mill world.--Ira Berlin, New York Times Book Review

"Like a Family is history, folklore, and storytelling all rolled into one. It is a living, revelatory chronicle of life rarely observed by the academe. A powerhouse.--Studs Terkel

"Here is labor history in intensely human terms. Neither great impersonal forces nor deadening statistics are allowed to get in the way of people. If students of the New South want both the dimensions and the feel of life and labor in the textile industry, this book will be immensely satisfying.--Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807882948
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 12/30/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 544
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Jacquelyn Dowd Hall is professor of history and director of the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jim Leloudis is professor of history, associate dean for honors, and director of the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Robert Korstad is associate professor of public policy studies and history at Duke University.
Mary Murphy is professor of history at Montana State University.
Lu Ann Jones is associate professor of history at the University of South Florida.

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword by Michael Frisch
Preface
Acknowledgments
Note on Sources
Part One: Cotton Mill People
Chapter 1. Everything We Had
Chapter 2. Public Work
Chapter 3. From the Cradle to the Grave
Part Two: Air and Promises
Chapter 4. Hard Rules
Chapter 5. Turn Your Radio On
Chapter 6. A Multitude of Sins
Epilogue
Afterword
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Maps

1. Textile Spindleage in the Southeast, 1929
2. Counties of the Southeast, 1929
3. Rivers and Railroads of the Southeast, 1930
4. Selected Mill Towns of the Carolinas, 1930

Illustrations

A North Carolina mountain farm
Men gathered for wheat threshing
Advertisement for Altamahaw Plaids
Officers and superintendents of the Cone family's Proximity and White Oak plants
The Gaffney Manufacturing Company
Workers at the Franklinville Manufacturing Company
Doffers at the Bibb Mill No. 1
Learning to spin
Men opening bales of cotton at the White Oak Mill
Card room hands at the Franklinville Manufacturing Company
Men and women weaving at the White Oak Mill
Women drawing in at the White Oak Mill
The card room at the White Oak Mill
Swimming in the whirlpool on the Deep River
Girls enjoy a break from work
The superintendent's house at the Franklinville Manufacturing Company
D. A. Tompkin's plan for a four-room mill house
Children six to eight years old in the school at the Lynchburg Cotton Mills
Welfare worker conducting a domestic science class at Proximity Mills
The mill baseball team at Bynum, North Carolina
Children participating in organized recreation at the Franklinville Manufacturing Company
Raising chickens
Caring for livestock
Advertisement for labor-saving machinery
Advertisement for Veeder-Root pick counters
Advertisement for high-speed machinery
Ella May Wiggins
Flossie Cole Grindstaff
Lawrence Hogan
The Piedmont Heights mill complex and village
James Spencer Love
James Lee Love with Cornelia and Spencer
The Hagenback and Wallace Show
The Swingbillies
Preacher George Washington Swinney
Glen Hope Baptist Church
The Blue Eagle
Francis Gorman
George Sloan
Union memebers marching down the main street of Gastonia, North Carolina
National Guardsmen rounding up strikers in Newman, Gerogia
Dancing pickets outside the Clark Thread Mill
Striking workers fresh from a confontation with police outside the Trion Cotton Mill
Lacy Wright
Icy Norman
"Performing Like a Family" performance ensemble, production staff, and co-author Robert Korstad

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

A superb history of work and workers' culture in southern Piedmont textile mill villages from the 1880s through the General Strike of 1934. In clear and compelling prose, the authors weave the threads of social, labor, family, business, and cultural history into a rich tapestry that reveals the human dimensions of regional economic transformations over half a century.—American Historical Review



A wonderfully textured narrative of the emergence of mill culture and how it was shaped by the forces of class, race, and region. . . . Like a Family is a powerful historical account of the rise of southern industry that uses gender both to relay men's and women's experiences and to explore the ways in which gender shaped their lives.—Signs



A warm, sensitive, richly textured analysis of the role of the family, and family culture, in the social changes that came in the wake of the industrialization of the Piedmont South. . . . A deeply moving book.—International Labor and Working Class History



Like a Family is the most important study of southern cotton mill workers we have ever had.—Reviews in American History



The genius of Like a Family lies in its effortless integration of the history of the family—particularly women—into the history of the cotton-mill world. . . . This eloquent reconstruction of the cotton mill world allows us to understand and to pay homage to those who fought and lost.—Ira Berlin, New York Times Book Review



Diligent research and fine writing has produced a landmark work that someday may be considered one of a handful of indispensable works on the New South.—Journal of Southern History



A work of scholarship that is both authoritative and most refreshingly undogmatic. . . . [The authors'] sympathies lie, as well they should, with the ordinary people whose labors made the mills run, but they have sufficient breadth of mind to understand that it takes all kinds to make a world, or a mill; as a result their story is populated not by heroes and villains, but by people.—Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World



Here is labor history in intensely human terms. Neither great impersonal forces nor deadening statistics are allowed to get in the way of people. If students of the New South want both the dimensions and the feel of life and labor in the textile industry, this book will be immensely satisfying.—Choice



Like a Family is history, folklore, and storytelling all rolled into one. It is a living, revelatory chronicle of life rarely observed by the academe. A powerhouse.—Studs Terkel



Like a Family is that rare compelling book, a delight for the academic and the public, with much to say to both.—Journal of American History

Customer Reviews