Project Summary

This web site is based on the award-winning book, Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World (University of North Carolina Press, 1987 and 2000). The site is divided into three sections: "Life on the Land," "Mill, Village, and Factory," and "Work and Protest." In each section, visitors can read a historical overview of the issues addressed, view photographs, listen to audio clips of interviews with mill workers, and access ideas for lesson plans based on the unit. A links page leads viewers to the archival collections used for Like a Family, resources on oral history and its use in the classroom, and other sites that explore the history of the textile industry.