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A Fabric of Defeat: The Politics of South Carolina by Bryant Simon

By Bryant Simon

During this booklet, Bryant Simon brings to lifestyles the politics of white South Carolina millhands through the first 1/2 the 20 th century. His revealing and relocating account explores how this team of southern workers considered and took part in politics and public power.

Taking a large view of politics, Simon seems at workers as they engaged in political job in lots of venues--at the polling station, on entrance porches, and at the store floor--and examines their political involvement on the neighborhood, country, and nationwide degrees. He describes the crusade kinds and rhetoric of such politicians as Coleman Blease and Olin Johnston (himself a former millhand), who eagerly sought the employees' votes. He attracts a close photo of mill employees casting ballots, sporting placards, marching at the country capital, writing to lawmakers, and picketing factories. those millhands' politics mirrored their private and non-private innovations approximately whiteness and blackness,
war and the recent Deal, democracy and justice, gender and sexuality, classification kin and intake.

Ultimately, the folk depicted listed here are neither romanticized nor brushed aside because the stereotypically racist and uneducated "rednecks" present in many debts of southern politics. Southern staff understood the political and social forces that formed their lives, argues Simon, and so they developed
complex political innovations to accommodate these forces.

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Blease embodied the politics of male millworkersmen were the only ones who could voteat the beginning of the story. As first-generation industrial laborers, these men feared that the move from farm to factory threatened to emasculate them, reducing them to the status of dependents, a category in their minds reserved for women, children, and African Americans, not proud white men. Blease promised to uphold their manhood by blocking progressive reforms and bolstering the fortress of white supremacy.

Title : A Fabric of Defeat : The Politics of South Carolina Millhands, 1910-1948 author : Simon, Bryant. publisher : University of North Carolina Press isbn10 | asin : 0807824011 print isbn13 : 9780807824016 ebook isbn13 : 9780807864494 language : English subject Textile workers--South Carolina--Political activity--History--20th century, Cotton textile industry--South Carolina--History--20th century, South Carolina--Politics and government--1865-1950, United States--Politics and government--20th century.

As economic, social, and political conditions change, new meanings are constructed and old ways of thinking are transformed. Identity, in other words, is always in flux, perpetually being made and remade. This means that people's ideas about right and wrong, virtue and vice, race and class, gender and sex are constantly changing. Rarely, however, were mill people's shifting notions about politics and society taken seriously, except perhaps by the politicians who sought their votes. 11 But mill people, the Will Thompsons of the region, lived in a different setting and experienced the world differently from their country or city cousins.

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