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Tobacco mills in North Carolina, 1896
Tobacco mills in North Carolina, 1896
Map shows locations of tobacco factories in North Carolina, 1896. Present-day county boundaries are provided for reference.
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Tobacco workers strike
In North Carolina in the New South, page 3.12
Magazine article describing an unsuccessful strike by tobacco mill workers in Durham, North Carolina, 1881.
Format: magazine/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Blue and red dyed threads hang outside to dry at a Balinese weaving factory
Blue and red dyed threads hang outside to dry at a Balinese weaving factory
Skeins of blue and red dyed threads hang outside on poles to dry at a Balinese weaving factory. Unlike Java, which is most famous for wax-resist painted batik cloth, Bali is known for various kinds of tie-and-dye patterned weavings called ikat...
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Gastonia Cotton Mill
Gastonia Cotton Mill
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Ohio Works of the Carnegie Steel Co., Youngstown, Ohio
Ohio Works of the Carnegie Steel Co., Youngstown, Ohio
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A man and a woman weave baskets in a handicraft factory near Dalat
A man and a woman weave baskets in a handicraft factory near Dalat
A man and a woman weave baskets in a handicraft factory near Dalat. the man in the foreground is weaving a long thin fiber, probably rattan, around a wooden frame. The woman behind is weaving on a smaller rattan frame. The woman weaver is wearing a sleeveless...
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Industrialization in North Carolina
In North Carolina in the New South, page 2.3
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 2.7
Industrialization needed five things -- capital, labor, raw materials, markets, and transportation -- and in the 1870s, North Carolina had all of them. This article explains the process of industrialization in North Carolina, with maps of factory and railroad growth.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
New machine shop in Plymouth, N.C.
In North Carolina in the New South, page 2.11
Broadside advertisement for a machine shop opening in Plymouth, North Carolina, in 1880. Includes historical commentary.
Format: advertisement/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Balinese woman weaves blue cloth on a mechanical loom
Balinese woman weaves blue cloth on a mechanical loom
A young Balinese woman in a yellow dress weaves dark blue cloth on a mechanical wooden loom. Unlike Java, which is most famous for wax-resist painted batik cloth, Bali is known for various kinds of tie-and-dye patterned weavings called ikat...
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Closed textile mill
Closed textile mill
Fieldcrest-Cannon textile mill in Kannapolis, NC. The company went bankrupt in 2003, and its buildings were demolished in 2005 and 2006.
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Some of the larger spinners in Catawba Cotton Mills, Newton, N.C.
Some of the larger spinners in Catawba Cotton Mills, Newton, N.C.
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Making yarn in a cotton mill
Making yarn in a cotton mill
A worker at White Oak Mills in Greensboro, North Carolina, makes yarn.
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Bonsack cigarette rolling machine
Bonsack cigarette rolling machine
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Tobacco bag stringing
This article introduces the concept of tobacco bag stringing and discusses its importance as a source of income for women in North Carolina and Virginia during the Great Depression. Adapted for elementary students.
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Adapted by Pauline S. Johnson.
Tobacco factory at Duke Homestead
Tobacco factory at Duke Homestead
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Loray Cotton Mill
Loray Cotton Mill
Caption reads "Gastonia, N.C. Loray Cotton Mill (57,000 Spindles)."
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Letter activity three
In Tobacco bag stringing: Secondary activity two, page 4
On April 13, 1939, Mr. Sherlock Bronson wrote a "General statement of Sherlock Bronson of the circumstances and conditions under which the survey of industrial conditions in the tobacco bag stringing area was made, and certain conclusions therefrom" and sent...
Format: lesson plan
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Duke Tobacco Factory and Surrounding Buildings
Duke Tobacco Factory and Surrounding Buildings
View of the first Duke factory in Durham, showing factory and warehouse buildings, Duke house, cleared countryside, and railroad tracks passing in front of the factory.
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White Oak Cotton Mills (postcard)
White Oak Cotton Mills (postcard)
Postcard shows the White Oak Cotton Mills (a division of Greensboro-based Cone Mills) and several houses in the mill village. A river runs between the mill and the village.
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Alamance Cotton Mill
Alamance Cotton Mill
Alamance Cotton Mill, as it appeared in 1837 shortly after construction. The mill was built by Edwin M. Holt, a pioneer of the Southern textile industry.
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