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General statement of Sherlock Bronson
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 1.6
Virginia-Carolina Service Corporation General Office 1413-15-17 East Franklin Street Richmond, Virginia April 13, 1939. Hon. Graham A. Barden, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. Dear Mr. Barden: Upon my return to Richmond after my interview with you...
Letter of April 1, 1939
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 1.4
Box 132, R. #1, Leaksville, N.C., April 1, 1939. Mr. Sherlock Bronson, Box 644, Richmond, Va. Dear Sir: I am kindly writing asking you please not to take the stringing of bags away from Mrs. Jones, our Agent for our community. For two years I have stringing...
Letter of April 7, 1939
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 1.5
MORSE BAG COMPANY East Bend, North Carolina. April 7, 1939. Mr. Sherlock Bronson, Richmond, Virginia. Dear Sir: In compliance with your request of March 28th, I am glad to give you an idea of my experience in working with tobacco bags. My mother and father,...
Letter of March 16, 1939
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 1.1
Law Offices Tucker, Bronson, Satterfield & Mays State Planters Bank Building Richmond, Virginia March 16, 1939 Hon. Graham A. Barden, House of Representatives Washington, D.C. In Re: Fair Labor Standards Act. Dear Mr. Barden: I am deeply grateful to you for...
Letter of March 31, 1939
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 1.3
Taylorsville, N.C., March 31, 1939. Mr. Sherlock Bronson Richmond, Virginia Dear Mr. Bronson: I am deeply grateful to you and to all others who have made it possible for us to carry on this work, The Stringing of Tobacco Bags, in our county. It is our greatest...
Mrs. B. F. Stayley
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 2.5
STAYLEY, MRS. B.F., married and has 14 children but all of them are away from home. Her age is 65; her husband's age is 69. Reside at Reddis [sic] River, N.C. INCOME: Husband makes all his money by farming and by lending money. They have one son who is a school...
Mrs. Barbara Wagoner
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 2.3
WAGONER, MRS. BARBARA; married; two children; aged 20 years; reside in Wilkes Co., N.C. Children: Jacob, aged one year. Buck, aged 9 — child by husband's first wife. INCOME: About $20.00 per month. Husband is laborer on government park project in this...
Mrs. Cornelia Neal
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 2.11
NEAL, MRS. CORNELIA, (colored), age 66, husband 70; two children and four grandchildren living with her. INCOME: They raise some of their food and a little tobacco. HOME CONDITIONS: The house has eight rooms and there are 62 acres of land. they own 2 mules,...
Mrs. Daisy Stamper
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 2.1
STAMPER, MRS. DAISY; aged 40; married; eight children; resides in Wilkes County, N.C. Children: Anna, aged 21. Ruby, aged 20. Edward, aged 18. Georgie, aged 13. Bob, aged 11. G.D., aged 7. Pauline, aged 4. Virginia, aged 1. INCOME: Husband works on Government...
Mrs. Emma Cleary
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 2.12
CLEARY, MRS. EMMA, married; two children; aged 30; husband aged 60; resides in Wilkes County, N.C. Children: William, aged 12 in school. Vassie, aged 8 in school. INCOME: None. HOME CONDITIONS: Own two-room log cabin and forty acres of land. Only five acres...
Mrs. Emma Mitchell
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 2.9
MITCHELL, MRS. EMMA, (colored), aged 44; husband 58; have ten children, all of whom live with them at Reidsville, N.C. INCOME: Their income depends on farming and bag stringing. They raise practically all their food and only have to buy about $8.00 worth a...
Mrs. Ethel Holsbrook
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 2.8
HOLSBROOK, MRS. ETHEL, aged 33; married, North Wilkesboro, N.C. Children: Mozelle, aged 16. Estelle, aged 15. Effie, aged 10. Adia, aged 5. INCOME: None. HOME CONDITIONS: The husband has been out of work for over a year and being in poor health it is not probable...
Mrs. Eugenia Allen
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 2.10
ALLEN, MRS. EUGENIA, (colored); married and has three children and four grandchildren living with her; aged 51; husband aged 59. Reside at Reidsville, N.C. INCOME: They raise corn and tobacco to sell, and all the food they need. Taxes are about $35.00 a year...
Mrs. Kuhn
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 2.2
MRS. KUHN, North Wilkesboro, N.C., married and has one child, who is also married. She is 68 years old and her husband is in his sixties; crippled. INCOME: Husband works in furniture factory about six months out of a year at thirty cents an hour. Only other...
Mrs. Leacey Royal
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 2.4
MRS. LEACEY ROYAL, aged 27, married and has 4 children. Husband is 29. They reside in Reddies River, N.C. INCOME: Husband works on P.W.A. sixteen days a month and gets $24. They have no other income. EXPENSES: They use everything they make for food. Taxes...
Mrs. Samuel Stayley
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 2.7
STAYLEY, MRS. SAMUEL, has five children living at home. She is 83 years old and her husband is 84. They reside at Reddies River, Wilkes Co., N.C. INCOME: The whole family works on the farm and they make just enough to live on. They income from farming is enough...
Mrs. W. H. Bryant
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 2.6
MRS. W. H. BRYANT, Wilkes County, N.C., has 9 children, one of whom is married and also has 1 child and lives with her. INCOME: Husband works fairly steadily at the furniture factory for $10 to $15 a week. Only other income is $2.50 a week for stringing bags...
Proposed amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 1.7
It is declared to be the policy of this Act not to displace the use of cotton or cotton materials and the administrator shall by regulations or by order exempt any work where the application of the provisions of Section 6 may result in the use of other materials...
Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression
Images and text from a report in the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill documenting tobacco bag stringing work in North Carolina and Virginia in 1939.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Tobacco bag stringing: Secondary activity one
This activity for grades 7–12 will help students understand what tobacco bag stringing was and why it was important to communities in North Carolina and Virginia. Students will read and analyze an introductory article about tobacco bag stringing.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–10 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.