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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.

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  • North Carolina in the New South: Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the decades after the Civil War (1870–1900). Topics include changes in agriculture, the growth of cities and industry, the experiences of farmers and mill workers, education, cultural changes, politics and political activism, and the Wilmington Race Riot. (Page 3.5)
  • North Carolina History: A Sampler: A sample of the more than 800 pages of our digital textbook for North Carolina history, including background readings, various kinds of primary sources, and multimedia. Also includes an overview of the textbook and how to use it. (Page 5.2)

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Naomi Trammel discusses her first job spinning.


Allen Tullos
Well, what do you remember about first going into the mill?
Naomi Sizemore Trammel
Well, I didn’t know, hardly, but I just went in and had to learn it. Really, I had to crawl up on the frame, you know. You’ve seen a spinning frame. Well, I had to crawl up on that to put my—what do you call it?—roping in, you know, because I wasn’t tall enough. ‘Cause I never was much big, you know. Then I a little old spindly thing, and I couldn’t reach up there to put my roping in. And I’d have to crawl up on that frame down there, and put it in. I wasn’t the only one, they’s a whole place like that. And they had mothers and daddies. They wasn’t no better off than I was.
Allen Tullos
There were lots of other children your age.
Naomi Sizemore Trammel
Oh, yeah, a lot of them. It’s a lot of them. ‘Specially in the spinning room, that’s where they put the children. You could run a frame, you know, where you couldn’t run—a child couldn’t run nothing else.