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Apr 11, 2009

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John D. Young

Her Mill Village Project in pictures sounds very interesting. I'll certainly make it to the exhibit. Whenever the words mill village are spoken my mind travels directly to the best history ever written on that subject (an among the finest histories ever written) "Like A Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World" by Hall, Leloudis, Korstad, Murphy, Jones and Daly, UNC Press.

It also almost forces me to revisit a forgotten but sensational mill strike in which my dad (textile worker in the '30s) was directly involved. The Greensboro Daily News on 7/20/32 (its quality, fairness and balance in covering this strike was amazing) started with the main headline "Plants in High Point Closed After Small Strike Grows to Unexpected Size: Industry In Nearby Towns Also Stopped When Workers Leave, 150 Mills Closed; Groups of Men Tour About Using Persuasion." How's that for a local above the fold headline/tagline.

On 7/19/32 a wildcat, completely locally organized, indigenous strike occurred after textile salaries were cut for the third time. (Some out of town communist's activists showed up around day 4 of the strike only to be ignored by everyone. They were viewed by most as a curiosity rather than any real help or any real threat.) These struggling local mill workers got the sympathy of almost the whole community and eventually, with the help of Gov. O.Max Gardner got their most recent salary cut rescinded and over 15,000 workers went back to work.

Ed Cone

Like a Family was one of several books she read while preparing the show.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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