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About this recording

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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See this recording in context

  • 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 talks about long hours and playing in the mill.


People have told us that it was little easier back then.

Well, I remember, after I was grown, now, in the cloth room, we played in that cloth room. They had it upstairs, where they kept all the cloth, and they had a shoot come down, you know. And when the boss man go to his breakfast, we’d play all the time he’s gone. [laughter]

What would you do when you played?

They had samples of cloth, little remnants, you know. Little things ’bout that wide, done up in bunles. We’d set on them, slide down that thing. Us grown! I enjoyed it to death. The only worry was that my parents was gone, I grieved—I just grieved all time about that. I’ve heard girls, you know, talking about “Mama done this” and “Mama done that”, and it’d just break my heart. Because I didn’t have none. They didn’t know they doing that, you know.