By Douglas Flamming
In growing the fashionable South, Douglas Flamming examines 100 years within the lifetime of the mill and the city of Dalton, Georgia, delivering a uniquely perceptive view of Dixie's social and fiscal transformation.
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Extra resources for Creating the modern South: millhands and managers in Dalton, Georgia, 1884-1984
Following regional trends, all of Dalton's old-line textile mills shut down during the 1950s and 1960s. That Dixie's traditional industrial base declined just as the region reached new levels of prosperity within the national economy was a matter of no small irony, and the collapse of the Crown Mill community offers fresh insights into the changing nature of southern industry and working-class life in the post-New South era. A few caveats are in order lest my basic arguments and assumptions be misconstrued.
In a subtle but important way, this interpretation misrepresents the worldview and the behavior of southern millhands. To the people of Crown Mill, community meant kinship, neighborliness, mutual interests, common values, a sense of place. " Such notions, as Like a Family suggests, were common to the southern countryside and were largely imported to the industrial world. But the factory community was different from the preindustrial rural community in at least one critical respect: without the existence of the mill, there was no community, no family.
The Caltech librarians deserve a medal for putting up with my unending requests for new materials. Thanks especially to Tess Legaspi and the staff of interlibrary loan for being my lifeline to southern sources, and to Nancy Brown, Alma Feuerabendt, Barbara Huff-Duff, Janet Jenks, Judy Nollar, and Kathleen Potter for their indispensable assistance. My greatest archival debt is to Polly Boggess and the Crown Gardens and Archives in Dalton, Georgia. Polly, the director of Crown Gardens, did everything possible to facilitate my use of the Crown Mill records.