A Glimmer of Light in the Great Depression: Women's Agency at the Southern Highlands Craft Guild in the 1930s and 1940s

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Mikayla Bennett (Creator)
University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA )
Web Site: http://library.unca.edu/
Grant Hardy

Abstract: During the Great Depression southern women’s economic opportunities were mainly limited to farm work or mill labor, with little to no economic equality or security. The Southern Highland Craft Guild of the Appalachian region was a unique entity made up of individual craft producing centers that hired women equally alongside men. Interest in this area stems from the overlooking of the guild in the southern economic narrative. By examining individual accounts of women working within the guild, this paper explores the experiences of rural women who were able to use this organization to achieve independence through craftwork and contributed to a widespread cultural movement throughout Appalachia.

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Language: English
Date: 2018
Appalachia, Great Depression, Highland Craft Guild, women workers

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