Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World
This site covers the making and unmaking of the mill village system for textile manufacturing in the Piedmont region of... see more
Instructions: Read the following sections under Life on the Land: Changes in Agriculture, Survival, From Farm to Factory, Images, and Interviews; Mill Village and Factory: How Textile Mills Work, The Experiences of Mill Workers, Life in the Mill Village, Images, and Interviews; and Work and Protest: The 1920s Stretch Out, Strikes in 1929-30, The General Strike of 1934, Images, and Interviews. Read and Listen to all parts. Write a paper of 5-7 pages answering the following questions: 1) Was farming profitable in the South?, 2)Why did Southerners choose to move from farm work to factory work?, 3)What were the textile factory working conditions like?, 4) How did the textile mills work?, 5) What was life like in the mill villages, 6) Why did southern factory workers organize and strike?, 7) Were the strikes successful?, and 8) What was the future of a southern factory worker? Be sure to include information from the Images and Interviews for each section.
Local and Regional History
To acquaint students with the working and living conditions of American textile workers.
To acquaint students with the beginnings of union organization in the South.