Oral History Interviews conducted in 1985 as part of the Crafted with Pride project, which documented residents of Gaston County's mill village communities.
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Oral History Interview with Eleanor Copenhaver Anderson, November 5, 1974. Interview G-0005. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007). "Again, Anderson returns to the discussion about Communism. Anderson explains the potency Communism had for labor unions in destroying workers' organization efforts in mill strikes in Gastonia, North Carolina, and Marion, Virginia."
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Oral History Interview with Mareda Sigmon Cobb and Carrie Sigmon Yelton, June 16 and 18, 1979. Interview H-0115. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007). "According to Cobb, Earl Armstrong's evangelistic meetings figured prominently in the lives of Gastonia's mill workers during the mid-twentieth century." "Though Cobb was not in Gastonia during the 1929 strike, she did know key figures such as Police Chief Orville F. Aderholt."
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Oral History Interview with George R. Elmore, March 11, 1976. Interview H-0266. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007). "George Elmore lived most of his life near Gastonia, North Carolina. In this interview, he reveals why he exemplifies some of the changes that took place in North Carolina in the first half of the twentieth century, including the move from farming to industry and the rise of a managerial class."
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Oral History Interview with Paul Green, May 30, 1975. Interview B-0005-3. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007). "Green remembers Fred Beal, a labor organizer who fled to Russia after a second-degree murder conviction in the death of a law enforcement officer during the violent Gastonia Mills strike in 1929."
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Oral History Interview with Harriet Herring, February 5, 1976. Interview G-0027. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007). Herring describes her response to efforts at organization in Gastonia, probably in 1929.
Oral History Interview with Broadus Mitchell, August 14 and 15, 1977. Interview B-0024. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007). Mitchell describes at length the process by which the cotton textile industry was established in the South following the Civil War." (including Gastonia)
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