Bringing union to textiles : factors which aided and impeded the progress of unionism in the North Carolina textile industry

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Mary Vann Wilkins (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Richard Bardolph

Abstract: From the momentum engendered by the Cotton Mill Campaign of the l880's to the creation of Burlington Industries in 1955 the history of cotton textiles has been one of major achievement in capitalization from meager financial resources, of erratic and then systematic integration of small, independently owned and operated family mills into the industrial and managerial complex of the world's largest textile establishments. Corresponding with the physical growth of plants and productive capacity was the steady deterioration of the original community of interest between textile operator and textile operative and the formation of the first native American proletariat. The emergence of this class and its realization of the collective power which it possessed, coupled with the relatively rapid consolidation of the textile industry, led to a repetition on Southern soil of the chronicle of the coming of age of American labor, this time in its relation to the organized capital of the Southern textile industry.

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Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 1962

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