The Last Orator for the Millhands
: William Jennings Bryan Dorn, 1916-2005
1917 : Two 15-year-old millhands
from Armitage Bridge admitted stealing apples worth 6d by taking them off trees.
Eller's Miners, Millhands
, and Mountaineers: Industrialization of the Appalachian South, 1880-1930.
The CIO's organizing efforts "scared the daylights" out of South Carolina Senator Ellison Durant "Cotton Ed" Smith, Bryant Simon, A Fabric of Defeat: The Politics of South Carolina Millhands
, 1910-1948, at 197 (1998), and, during the 1948 Texas Democratic primary, a segregationist congressman received a report that '"Negroes outnumbering whites almost 3-1 were led by CIO and AF of L leaders,' and this mutual cooperation forced the retreat of the Dixiecrats," Lawson, supra note 112, at 127.
We are told that there was a great battle here, but the blood, sweat, tears, fear, rage, and dying of all those Yankee farm boys and millhands
and immigrant cannon fodder never receives even a hint.
In response, the millhands
struck, calling for the restoration of lost pay balanced by a reduction in the number of hours worked.
He is the author of Creating the Modem South: Millhands
and Managers in Dalton, Georgia 1884-1984 (1992), Bound for Freedom: Black Los Angeles in tim Crow America (2005), and African Americans in the West (2009).
(43) Bryant Simon, A Fabric of Defeat: The Politics of South Carolina Millhands
1920-1948 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998), 67.
Even when that story appeared in the local newspaper, millhands
in Floyd County still reported to work.
(12) See the stanza from "The Millhands
' Petition," for example, "a song printed as a broadsheet at Ashton-under-Lyne and sung in most towns of South Lancashire," according to Ellison: War's clamour and civil commotion Has stagnation brought in its train; And stoppage brings with it starvation, So help us some bread to obtain.
See generally BRYANT SIMON, A FABRIC OF DEFEAT: THE POLITICS OF SOUTH CAROLINA MILLHANDS
, 1910-1948 (1998).
Fales, "Artisans, Millhands
, and Laborers: The Mormons and Leeds and Their Nonconformist Neighbors," in Mormons in Early Victorian Britain, ed.