Homer Logsdon Interview 2

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00:00:00 - Homer's Background

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Partial Transcript: HOMER LOGSDON: The foreign countries is taking the textile industry. You know going to Mexico and China.

Segment Synopsis: Homer Logsdon discusses going to work at Cherokee Spinning Company, working conditions in the mill, and the textile workers' strike of 1934.

Keywords: Cherokee Spinning Company; National Industrial Recovery Act section 7a; National Recovery Administration; weavers

Subjects: Child labor--Law and legislation; Textile Workers' Strike (Southern States : 1934); Textile workers; Wages

00:08:23 - Organizing and Weaving

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Partial Transcript: JUDITH HELFAND: Tell me about the organizing that took place in 1933.

Segment Synopsis: Homer Logsdon discusses working on organizing the weave room and how he became a weaver.

Keywords: Lucille Thornburgh; union organizing; weavers

Subjects: Labor union locals

00:13:49 - Working Conditions at Cherokee Spinning Company

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Partial Transcript: JUDITH HELFAND: Could you describe what its like, what the atmosphere in that mill was like, I'm trying to imagine what it was like for a 19 year old boy.

Segment Synopsis: Homer Logsdon discusses working conditions at Cherokee Spinning Company, including hours and pay.

Keywords: Cherokee Spinning Company

Subjects: Textile workers; Wages

00:18:04 - Textile Workers' Strike of 1934

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Partial Transcript: JUDITH HELFAND: So (inaudible) in 1933 when they said you could organize, that idea came into the mill, you could start a union.

Segment Synopsis: Homer Logsdon discusses the textile workers's strike of 1934.

Keywords: Cherokee Spinning Company; Lucille Thornburgh; breaking the strike; eight hour workday; picket lines

Subjects: Blacklisting, Labor; Textile Workers' Strike (Southern States : 1934); Women in the labor movement

00:29:26 - Going Back to Work After the Strike

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Partial Transcript: HOMER LOGSDON: The boss over there --

JUDITH HELFAND: Over where? At Cherokee?

LOGSDON: No, Kramerton

Segment Synopsis: Homer Logsdon discusses returning to work after the strike, blacklisting, and the aftermath of the strike.

Keywords: Cherokee Spinning Company; aftermath of the strike

Subjects: Blacklisting, Labor

00:47:33 - Weavers

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Partial Transcript: JUDITH HELFAND: What, what, do you remember Lucille as a leader?

Segment Synopsis: Homer Logsdon discusses his work as a weaver, the impact that the weavers on the textile workers' strike of 1934, how the strike was broke, and

Keywords: Cherokee Spinning Company; Lucille Thornburgh; breaking the strike; stretch-out; weavers

Subjects: Textile Workers' Strike (Southern States : 1934); Textile workers

00:56:32 - Finding Work After The Strike

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Partial Transcript: JUDITH HELFAND: Now how did you know to go there?

HOMER LOGSDON: Well this Turner (inaudible) these Turner boys went over there.

Segment Synopsis: Homer Logsdon discusses how people found work after the strike.

Keywords: aftermath of the strike

Subjects: Textile workers

01:07:42 - Thelma Blanton Logsdon

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Partial Transcript: JUDITH HELFAND: Ok now, your full name is?

THELMA LOGSDON: Themla Blanton Logsdon.

HELFAND: Ok, now you grew up in the Kramerton Mill Village?

Segment Synopsis: Thelma Blanton Logsdon discusses growing up in Kramerton, N.C., her education, and family life.

Homer Logsdon discusses how he moved to Kramerton, N.C.

Keywords: mill villages; weavers; women mill workers

Subjects: Textile Workers' Strike (Southern States : 1934); Women textile workers; Working class women; Working class--Recreation

01:13:14 - Homer Moves Around

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Partial Transcript: HOMER LOGSDON: I took him and his family and he had so much money, and he told me he could gimme so much to take them out there.

Segment Synopsis: Homer Logsdon talks about he another textile workers moved around after the strike, and how many have returned to Knoxvillle, Tenn.

Keywords: aftermath of the strike; blacklisting

Subjects: Textile Workers' Strike (Southern States : 1934)

01:23:32 - Unions in the South

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Partial Transcript: JUDITH HELFAND: Right, do you think, are you aware that most the southern, most the southern textile industry never really did get unionized?

Segment Synopsis: Homer Logsdon discusses why it has been difficult to organize labor in the south.

Keywords: breaking the strike; union organizing

Subjects: Blacklisting, Labor; Textile Workers' Strike (Southern States : 1934); Wages

01:31:18 - What Happened at Cherokee After the Strike

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Partial Transcript: JUDITH HELFAND: -- mill? Its a shopping center.

HOMER LOGSDON: Yeah,its a, that's a, before they done that its, Tom's Potato Chips.

HELFAND: Factory

Segment Synopsis: Homer Logsdon discusses what happened to the Cherokee Spinning Company plant, and what impacts the union had at Cherokee after the strike.

Keywords: Cherokee Spinning Company; mill buildings

Subjects: Textile factories