Gastonia 1929: The Story of the Loray Mill Strike

Gastonia 1929: The Story of the Loray Mill Strike

Of the wave of labor strikes that swept through the South in 1929, the one at the Loray Mill in Gastonia, North Carolina, is perhaps the best remembered. In Gastonia 1929 John Salmond provides the first detailed account of the complex events surrounding the strike at the largest textile mill in the Southeast. His compelling narrative unravels the confusing story of the shooting of the town's police chief, the trials of the alleged killers, the unsolved murder of striker Ella May Wiggins, and the strike leaders' conviction and subsequent flight to the Soviet Union. Describing the intensifying climate of violence in the region, Salmond presents the strike within the context of the southern vigilante tradition and as an important chapter in American economic and labor history in the years after World War I. He draws particular attention to the crucial role played by women as both supporters and leaders of the strike, and he highlights the importance of race and class issues in the unfolding of events.

  • Brand: Salmond John A
  • ASIN: 0807859745

Martyr of Loray Mill: Ella May and the 1929 Textile Workers' Strike in Gastonia, North Carolina

Martyr of Loray Mill: Ella May and the 1929 Textile Workers' Strike in Gastonia, North Carolina

Union organizer and balladeer Ella May became a martyr for workers nationwide when she was murdered on her way to a union meeting in Gastonia, North Carolina, at age 28. A mother of nine and bookkeeper for the communist-led National Textile Workers Union, May worked to organize fellow mill workers in Gaston County. Her efforts to organize black workers--along with her brash, outspoken manner--incensed the local community and she was shot by an anti-union vigilante group on September 14, 1929. Written by her great-granddaughter, this book tells Ella May's story, including her involvement in the Loray Mill Strike, the largest communist-led strike on American soil. Her most famous ballad, "Mill Mother's Lament," reveals her motivation: "It is for our little children."

  • ASIN: 0786499648

For Our Little Children: Growing Up in the Shadows of the Loray Mill Strike

For Our Little Children: Growing Up in the Shadows of the Loray Mill Strike

In 1929, Communist Party organizers came to the Loray Mill in Gastonia, North Carolina hoping to ignite a socialist revolution. The ensuing strike drew worldwide attention to this small, conservative, rural community. The strike created two martyrs: the town’s Chief-of-Police, Orville Aderholt, and a feisty mill worker named Ella May, who inspired her fellow-workers with ballads and courageous stands against oppression. After Aderholt’s killing, anyone suspected of harboring communist sympathies was rounded up and jailed, spawning protests in major cities throughout Europe and the United States. Ella May achieved celebrity status on the political left, which persists to this day. George Loveland explores the concept of historical consciousness as he weaves this compelling story. He recounts his own experiences growing up in Gaston County, working part-time in one of its textile mills, studying North Carolina history in its public schools, and never hearing the story until he reached adulthood. Why was this epic story buried for so long? Was it a sense of shame, or fear? Loveland asks these questions of a Gaston County mill owner whose father was apprenticing to take over the family’s textile empire in 1929, the great-great nephew of Chief Aderholt, and the great-granddaught...

  • Brand: George W Loveland
  • ASIN: 1466268964

To Make My Bread (Radical Novel Reconsidered)

To Make My Bread (Radical Novel Reconsidered)

A story of the industrialization of the South, To Make My Bread revolves around a family of Appalachian mountaineers - small farmers, hunters, and moonshiners - driven by economic conditions to the milltown and transformed into millhands, strikers, and rebels against the established order. Recognized as one of the major works on the Gastonia textile strike, Grace Lumpkin's novel is important for anyone interested in cultural or feminist history as it deals with early generations of women radicals committed to addressing the difficult connections of class and race. Suzanne Sowinska's introduction looks at Lumpkin's volatile career and this book's critical reception.

  • ASIN: 0252065018

Gastonia 1929: The Story of the Loray Mill Strike Reissue edition by Salmond, John A. (2009) Paperback

Gastonia 1929: The Story of the Loray Mill Strike Reissue edition by Salmond, John A. (2009) Paperback

  • ASIN: B010CLI1A2

Martyr of Loray Mill: Ella May and the 1929 Textile Workers' Strike in Gastonia, North Carolina by Kristina Horton (2015-07-01)

Martyr of Loray Mill: Ella May and the 1929 Textile Workers' Strike in Gastonia, North Carolina by Kristina Horton (2015-07-01)

  • ASIN: B01N5JMORV

Proletarian Journey (Civil Liberties in American History)

Proletarian Journey (Civil Liberties in American History)

  • ASIN: 0306700964

Thirteenth Juror: The Story of the 1929 Loray Strike

Thirteenth Juror: The Story of the 1929 Loray Strike

  • ASIN: 0318014521

Proletarian Journey: New England, Gastonia, Moscow (Selected Bibliographies Reprint)

Proletarian Journey: New England, Gastonia, Moscow (Selected Bibliographies Reprint)

  • ASIN: 0836966341
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H. Lee Waters - Gastonia, 1942

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