By 1929, the Communist party had a significant presence in North Carolina. The party affiliated National Textile Workers Union started organizing strikes at textile mills to raise wages and improve conditions for mill workers. At Loray Mills in Gastonia, NC, workers walked off the job. Separate clashes with the police and strike breakers left the Gastonia police chief dead as well as Ella Mae Wiggins, a worker who had evolved into a leader of the strike.
Historian uncovers tragic fate of child labour 'poster boy' captured in haunting 1912 photograph
Giles Edmund Newsom was working at Sanders Cotton Manufacturing Co. in Bessemer City when Lewis Hine photographed him in 1912 as part of an expose of the working conditions of children. (records indicate this child died at age 18 in 1918 from spanish influenza)
Faces of the Depression- January, 1937 Looking closely at the full size photo, I'm amazed by the large muscular fingers and hands of the boy. His eyes show concern with a serious glare and his mother, with bruised leg, recognizes him with her extended arm. The children of the depression had to grow up faster than any other generation in recent history. Part of the family of a migrant fruit worker from Tennessee, camped near the packinghouse in Winter Haven, Florida." by Arthur Rothstein
On March 30, 1929, workers at the Loray Mill in Gastonia began a walkout. Two days later, they called a general strike. At the time the five-story building covering more than a half-million square feet and was the world’s largest factory under one roof. This Day in North Carolina History | The people and places of the Tar Heel state day by day.
November 1908, Chester, South Carolina. Willie Crocker, (barefoot) Wylie Mill, Chester, S.C. 13 years old-- "worked since I was 6 years old." Lost part of finger in gear of machinery. Fred Crocker--11 years old. 1 year in mill. Lewis Wickes Hine LC-DIG-nclc-01417 www.loc.gov #American #History #SouthCarolina