A Fabric of Defeat: The Politics of South Carolina Millhands in State and Nation, 1920-1945

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Pub. Date: 1998-06-01
Publisher(s): Univ of North Carolina Pr
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Historian Bryant Simon brings to life the politics of white South Carolina mill hands during the first half of the 20th century. His revealing an moving account explores how this group of southern laborers thought about and participated in politics and public power. 8 illustrations.

Author Biography

Bryant Simon is assistant professor of history at the University of Georgia.

Table of Contents

The Man for Office Is Cole Blease
Bleasism in Decline, 1924-1930
Searching for Answers to the Great Depression
We the People of the U.S.A.: New Deal Americanism on the Mill Hills
Mr. Roosevelt Ain't Going to Stand for This: New Deal Battles, 1933-1934
The General Textile Strike, September 1934
The Enthronement of Textile Labor: The 1934 Governor's Race
When Votes Don't Add Up: Olin D. Johnston and the Workers' Compensation Act, 1935-1937
Fighting for the Right to Strike, 1935-1936
They Don't Like Us Because We're Lintheads: The Highway Fight, 1935-1937
The Carpetbaggers Are Coming: The 1938 Senate Race
The New Politics of Race, 1938-1948
Illustrations A mill house in Graniteville in the mid-1930s
An overview of a mill village in Newberry, ca. 1910
"The mill" in Graniteville, 1935
A lynching in the South Carolina upcountry before World War I A stump meeting in Walterboro, 1946
A Blease campaign poster, probably from 1914
National Guardsmen prying open a picket line of company loyalists in Greenville, 1934
Millhands comforting a UTW member wounded in picket-line violence, September 1934
Children playing with National Guardsmen at the Woodside Mills, Greenville, during the General Textile Strike Cartoon: "Weekly Newsmap of South Carolina," September 1934
Olin D. Johnston chatting with another politician, 1943
"Cotton Ed" Smith and wife shaking hands with voters, 1944
South Carolina Counties, 1929
Textile Spindleage in South Carolina, by County, 1929
Population of Spartanburg County, Selected Years, 1900-1940
Population of Mill Village in Spartanburg County, 1925 and 1937
Percentage of Vote for Coleman L. Blease versus James F. Byrnes, U.S. Senate Runoff, 1924
Percentage of Vote for Coleman L. Blease versus James F. Byrnes, U.S. Senate Runoff, 1930
Percentage of Vote for Olin D. Johnston versus Ibra C. Blackwood, Gubernatorial Runoff, 1930
Percentage of Vote for Olin D. Johnston versus Ibra C. Blackwood, Gubernatorial Runoff, 1934
Percentage of Vote for Olin D. Johnston versus Ellison D. Smith, U.S. Senate Runoff, 1938
Annual Earnings of South Carolina Textile Workers, 1909-1937
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