Important Message about LEARN NC

LEARN NC is evaluating its role in the current online education environment as it relates directly to the mission of UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education (UNC-CH SOE). We plan to look at our ability to facilitate the transmission of the best research coming out of UNC-CH SOE and other campus partners to support classroom teachers across North Carolina. We will begin by evaluating our existing faculty and student involvement with various NC public schools to determine what might be useful to share with you.

Don’t worry! The lesson plans, articles, and textbooks you use and love aren’t going away. They are simply being moved into the new LEARN NC Digital Archive. While we are moving away from a focus on publishing, we know it’s important that educators have access to these kinds of resources. These resources will be preserved on our website for the foreseeable future. That said, we’re directing our resources into our newest efforts, so we won’t be adding to the archive or updating its contents. This means that as the North Carolina Standard Course of Study changes in the future, we won’t be re-aligning resources. Our full-text and tag searches should make it possible for you to find exactly what you need, regardless of standards alignment.

Flossie Durham

Flossie Durham talks about beginning work at the mill in Bynum. (1:10)

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Flossie Durham describes her first wages. (0:53)

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Flossie Durham talks about her first day of spinning. (0:52)

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Flossie Durham talks about her friends in the mill and the mill village as one big family. (1:43)

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Flossie Moore Durham interviewed by Mary Frederickson and Brent Glass, Bynum, North Carolina, September 2, 1976. Interview # H-66 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Eula McGill

Eula McGill talks about her first job as a spinner. (2:42)

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Eula McGill talks about her dislike of work and how show would get through her day. (2:24)

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Eula McGill interviewed by Jacquelyn Hall, Atlanta, Georgia, February 1976. Interviews #G-39 and G-40 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Mary Thompson

Mary Thompson talks about drawing in. (3:13)

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Mary Thompson talks about the gardens and animals her family kept in the mill village. (2:59)

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Mary Thompson talks about going to work over the summers when she was 14. (3:34)

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Mary Thompson talks about the lack of competition among coworkers. (2:25)

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Mary Thompson talks about company support for the churches in mill villages. (2:16)

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Mary Thompson describes the close-knit community of the mill village. Her husband, Carl, speaks as well. (2:42)

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Mary Thompson talks about workers singing on the job. (1:29)

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Mary Thompson talks about workplace pranks and practical jokes. (0:51)

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Mary Thompson and her husband Carl discuss injuries in the workplace. (1:36)

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Carl and Mary Thompson interviewed by James Leloudis, Charlotte, NC, July 9, 1979. Interview #H-182 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Naomi Trammel

Naomi Trammel discusses her first job spinning. (1:04)

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Naomi Trammel talks about long hours and playing in the mill. (1:21)

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Naomi Trammel discusses the work hours and pay in the spinning room. (1:49)

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Naomi Trammel describes her work routine. (1:41)

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Naomi Trammel explains how workers got lunch without having a lunch break. (1:40)

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Naomi Trammel talks about transferring to the weave room, but transferring back to avoid illness. (1:03)

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Naomi Trammel explains how she learned to weave from her husband at Poe Mill. (1:06)

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Naomi Trammel talks about entertainment in the mill village. (1:48)

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Naomi Trammel interviewed by Allen Tullos, Greenville, South Carolina, March 25, 1980. Interview # H-258 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.