Work and Protest: Interviews

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Mack Duncan describes the impact of the stretch-out imposed by industrial engineers.  (4:58)  Mack Duncan interviewed by Allen Tullos in Greenville, South Carolina, June 7 and August 30, 1979. Interview # H-242 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.

Mack Duncan discusses union organizing before the General Strike. (2:54)  Mack Duncan interviewed by Allen Tullos in Greenville, South Carolina, June 7 and August 30, 1979. Interview # H-242 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.

Mack Duncan describes the violence associated with the strike and the impact of the strike on the local community.  (8:33)  Mack Duncan interviewed by Allen Tullos in Greenville, South Carolina, June 7 and August 30, 1979. Interview # H-242 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.

Mack Duncan talks about his thoughts on unions at the time of the strike.  (1:33)  Mack Duncan interviewed by Allen Tullos in Greenville, South Carolina, June 7 and August 30, 1979. Interview # H-242 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.

Mack Duncan discusses the gender balance in the factories and in unions during the Great Depression.  (1:00)  Mack Duncan interviewed by Allen Tullos in Greenville, South Carolina, June 7 and August 30, 1979. Interview # H-242 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.

Mack Duncan talks about the changes in factory work brought about by Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal.  (2:19)  Mack Duncan interviewed by Allen Tullos in Greenville, South Carolina, June 7 and August 30, 1979. Interview # H-242 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.

Grover Hardin talks about the organization of unions at his mill, including his own decision to sign a union card. (4:03) Grover Hardin interviewed by Allen Tullos, Greenville, South Carolina, March 25, 1980. Interview # H-249 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.

Grover Hardin talks about Roosevelt and the 8-hour work day. (0:56) Grover Hardin interviewed by Allen Tullos, Greenville, South Carolina, March 25, 1980. Interview # H-249 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.

Eula McGill discusses her first recollections of union activities during World War I. Eula McGill interviewed by Jacquelyn Hall, Atlanta, Georgia, February 1976. Interviews # G-39 and G-40 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.

Eula McGill talks about her father's activism in steel mills and a local Labor Day Parade, as well as her father's description of what a union was. (3:46) Eula McGill interviewed by Jacquelyn Hall, Atlanta, Georgia, February 1976. Interviews # G-39 and G-40 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.

Eula McGill talks about efficiency experts and the Bedot system. (2:04) Eula McGill interviewed by Jacquelyn Hall, Atlanta, Georgia, February 1976. Interviews # G-39 and G-40 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.

Eula McGill talks about conditions in different mills and her work relationships with supervisors. (2:40) Eula McGill interviewed by Jacquelyn Hall, Atlanta, Georgia, February 1976. Interviews # G-39 and G-40 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.

Eula McGill discusses workers' grievances. (2:17) Eula McGill interviewed by Jacquelyn Hall, Atlanta, Georgia, February 1976. Interviews # G-39 and G-40 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.

Eula McGill talks about the events leading up to the strike. (3:00) Eula McGill interviewed by Jacquelyn Hall, Atlanta, Georgia, February 1976. Interviews # G-39 and G-40 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.

Eula McGill describes the difficulties workers had talking about their grievances with management. (1:05) Eula McGill interviewed by Jacquelyn Hall, Atlanta, Georgia, February 1976. Interviews # G-39 and G-40 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.

Eula McGill talks about the day that workers went on strike. (4:37) Eula McGill interviewed by Jacquelyn Hall, Atlanta, Georgia, February 1976. Interviews # G-39 and G-40 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.

Eula McGill describes management's reaction to the strike. (1:11) Eula McGill interviewed by Jacquelyn Hall, Atlanta, Georgia, February 1976. Interviews # G-39 and G-40 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.

Eula McGill discusses the end of the strike and her feelings about it afterward. (1:10) Eula McGill interviewed by Jacquelyn Hall, Atlanta, Georgia, February 1976. Interviews # G-39 and G-40 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.

Mary Thompson describes her reaction to FDR's 8-hour workday. (0:51) Carl and Mary Thompson interviewed by James Leloudis, Charlotte, NC, July 9, 1979. Interview # H-182 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.

Naomi Trammel talks about the stretch-out at Judson Mills. (2:40) Naomi Trammel interviewed by Allen Tullos, Greenville, South Carolina, March 25, 1980. Interview # H-258 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.