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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.

Provider
Southern Oral History Program
Date created
1980
Duration
1:49
File
MP3
License
This recording copyright ©2004. All Rights Reserved
Source
Original audio housed by UNC Libraries / Documenting the American South

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 discusses the work hours and pay in the spinning room.

Transcript

ALLEN TULLOS:
Well, what time of day would you get up to start work in the morning, when you were working there in the spinning room?

NAOMI SIZEMORE TRAMMEL:
Well, we’d go early, I really don’t know what time it was. But, anyway, we’d have to go early, and we worked one hour longer than people do now, in the mill. I don’t know why, but they did. And it paid off in five dollar gold pieces. I told them I wished I’d had sense enough to save some of them. [laughter]

ALLEN TULLOS:
How often would you get paid?

NAOMI SIZEMORE TRAMMEL:
Well, we’d have to work two weeks ‘fore we got our pay. And ’bout my highest bill was nine dollars. For two weeks! Worked in the cloth room sixty cents a day. It big money!

ALLEN TULLOS:
How long did you work in the spinning room there, when you first started?

NAOMI SIZEMORE TRAMMEL:
I worked on up till I got grown, and then I went to the cloth room.

ALLEN TULLOS:
This was all at the Victor Mill?

NAOMI SIZEMORE TRAMMEL:
Victor Mill, that’s all at Victor Mill. That’s where I went, you know, when Pa and Ma died.

ALLEN TULLOS:
Well, when you were on your job in the spinning room when you were just starting out, did someone teach you

NAOMI SIZEMORE TRAMMEL:
Oh, yeah, they had to show us how, ’cause I’d never been in a mill. They had to learn us. But didn’t take me long to learn.

ALLEN TULLOS:
Who taught you?

NAOMI SIZEMORE TRAMMEL:
Just some of them would be a spinner, you know, they’d put us with one of the spinners and they’d show us how. That’s all they had to do.

ALLEN TULLOS:
Was it mostly girls or women?

NAOMI SIZEMORE TRAMMEL:
Yeah, they girls, mostly. No, it mostly children. I mean, big enough to spin. It was easy to learn, all we had to do just put that bobbin in there, and put it up.