By Bryant Simon
During this ebook, Bryant Simon brings to existence the politics of white South Carolina millhands through the first 1/2 the 20th century. His revealing and relocating account explores how this staff of southern employees considered and took part in politics and public power.
Taking a extensive view of politics, Simon seems at workers as they engaged in political job in lots of venues--at the polling station, on entrance porches, and at the store floor--and examines their political involvement on the neighborhood, country, and nationwide degrees. He describes the crusade kinds and rhetoric of such politicians as Coleman Blease and Olin Johnston (himself a former millhand), who eagerly sought the staff' votes. He attracts a close photograph of mill employees casting ballots, sporting placards, marching at the nation capital, writing to lawmakers, and picketing factories. those millhands' politics mirrored their private and non-private concepts approximately whiteness and blackness,
war and the hot Deal, democracy and justice, gender and sexuality, type family members and intake.
Ultimately, the folk depicted listed here are neither romanticized nor brushed aside because the stereotypically racist and uneducated "rednecks" present in many money owed of southern politics. Southern staff understood the political and social forces that formed their lives, argues Simon, and so they developed
complex political ideas to house these forces.
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Additional info for A Fabric of Defeat: The Politics of South Carolina Millhands, 1910-1948
They are mostly stories about politics. Whereas other scholars have focused on the shop floor and the community lives of southern mill people, on union organizing and cultures of resistance in the region, this Page 4 "The mill" in Graniteville, 1935. (South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina) account examines the politics of mill people from World I to World War II, or between 1910 and 1948. 6 Defining politics broadly, the stories in this volume reveal what the political lives of workers tell us about their private and public lives as well as the larger political culture.
South Carolina Counties, 1929 xvi 2. 1 Percentage of Vote for Coleman L. Blease versus James F. S. 2 Percentage of Vote for Coleman L. Blease versus James F. S. 3 Percentage of Vote for Olin D. Johnston versus Ibra C. 4 Percentage of Vote for Olin D. Johnston versus Coleman L. 5 Percentage of Vote for Olin D. Johnston versus Ellison D. S. " Like this unemployed New Jersey autoworker, I owe a lot of institutions and a lot of people much more than I can ever pay back. But my debts have not made me, like they did Johnny 99, sad and desperate; I am instead grateful and humble.
S. 3 Percentage of Vote for Olin D. Johnston versus Ibra C. 4 Percentage of Vote for Olin D. Johnston versus Coleman L. 5 Percentage of Vote for Olin D. Johnston versus Ellison D. S. " Like this unemployed New Jersey autoworker, I owe a lot of institutions and a lot of people much more than I can ever pay back. But my debts have not made me, like they did Johnny 99, sad and desperate; I am instead grateful and humble. The American Historical Association, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, Smithsonian Institution, University of North Carolina, California Institute of Technology and Ahmanson Foundation, and Institute of Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina all provided financial assistance for this project.
A Fabric of Defeat: The Politics of South Carolina Millhands, 1910-1948 by Bryant Simon