Mill Family

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

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This book examines the role of the family labour system in the early evolution of the post-bellum Southern cotton textile industry. The growing textile industry required workers with varied skills and a stable and reliable work force. At the same time, Southern agriculture was in a depressed state and families, especially those with many children, were forced into looking for work in the textile mills. The mills, in their own interest, created a paternalistic work environment, including good schools for the children, to attract this desirable source of workers. This paternalism was central to solving the industry's labour needs, but it was a paternalism shaped by market forces and not merely as an instrument of capitalist more

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  • Hardback | 154 pages
  • 137.2 x 238.8 x 20.6mm | 367.42g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 23 tables
  • 0195042999
  • 9780195042993

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Drawing on a wide range of theoretical and historical work, notably on human capital and family economy, McHugh's brief, tightly argued book shows how an apparent new departure, the coming of industry to the South, utilized the values and institutions of traditional southern white culture to create a stable, disciplined work force. * Business History Review *show more

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