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“Perspectives on Industrialization: The Piedmont Crescent of Industry, 1900-1940,” focused on the impact of industrialization in seven main areas: Badin, Burlington, Bynum, Catawba County, Charlotte, and Durham, N.C., and Greenville, S.C. There are also other interviews with workers from such communities as Carrboro, Greensboro, Gastonia, and Marion, N.C., tapes relating to Farmville, N.C., and interviews relating to the textile workers’ strike in Elizabethton, Tenn., in 1929. Topics include the development of various industries in these regions, especially textiles, tobacco, hosiery, and furniture and the experiences of workers in these industries, both in their work and in daily life, including health, recreation, religion, family, education, and financial hardships. Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World (1987), drew heavily on these interviews.

The project focuses on the impact of industrialization in seven main areas: Badin, Burlington, Bynum, Catawba County, Charlotte, and Durham, N.C., and Greenville, S.C. There are also interviews with workers from such communities as Carrboro, Greensboro, Gastonia, and Marion, N.C., a short series of tapes relating to Farmville, N.C., and interviews relating to the textile workers’ strike in Elizabethton, Tenn., in 1929 (Series H.10). Topics include the development of various industries in these regions, especially textiles, tobacco, hosiery, and furniture. The interviews deal with the work experiences of the workers in these industries and with numerous other facets of their daily lives. Read and listen here.