Southern Workers & Search for Community

Southern Workers & Search for Community : Spartanburg County, South Carolina

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An impressively researched work that is very well written, it uncovers the sordid relationship between corporations and government that made union organization difficult in the South and union success almost more

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  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 151.9 x 226.6 x 22.9mm | 522.53g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0252069013
  • 9780252069017

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An eloquent study of the hopes and fears that define patterns of labor activism, Southern Workers and the Search for Community is the first major effort to interpret the enduring legacy of the southern textile industry, company-owned mill villages, and the union struggles of the 1930s. G. C. Waldrep opens the gates of southern company towns to show how the erosion or outright destruction of community systematically undermined the ability of workers to respond to the assaults of employers overwhelmingly supported by government agencies and more

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"Using company records, federal and state reports, newspapers, and a rich collection of oral histories, Waldrep gives readers insight into a significant aspect of southern cultures and economic development." -- Choice "A welcome contribution to the literature on southern working-class culture. Concentrating on the informal structures of textile workers' lives in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, in the 1930s, G. C. Waldrep III seeks a language for the 'private transcipt' of their history. He employs such official documentation as newspapers, government records, and union archives but relies most heavily on workers' oral histories." -- John Hennen, American Historical Review "One of the book's strengths is its use of oral history... Another is [Waldrep's] use of the workers' letters to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In this, he brings the anguish of a number of heretofore invisible individuals to light." -- R. Phillip Stone, Journal of Southern History ADVANCE PRAISE "Based on uncommonly deep research in both oral and written sources, and distinguished by a prose that reads like poetry, this book makes us feel the pains, hopes, and fears of the southern millworkers. It marks the emergence of a gifted young historian." -- Charles Joyner, author of Down by the Riverside: A South Carolina Slave Communityshow more

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