By Clifford M. Kuhn
In may perhaps 1914, staff walked off their jobs at Atlanta's Fulton Bag and Cotton generators, launching a long strike that was once on the center of the yankee Federation of Labor's first significant try to arrange southern staff in over a decade. In its star, the Fulton turbines strike was once the local modern of the well known commercial conflicts in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and Ludlow, Colorado. even supposing finally unsuccessful, the strike used to be an incredible episode within the improvement of the recent South, and as Clifford Kuhn demonstrates, its tale sheds gentle at the industrialization, urbanization, and modernization of the region.
Drawing on a rare choice of sources--including stories from exertions spies and corporate informants, pictures, federal investigations, oral histories, and newly exposed documents from the outdated mill's vaults--Kuhn vividly depicts the strike and the group within which it happened. He additionally chronicles the fight for public opinion that ensued among administration, employees, union leaders, and different events. eventually, Kuhn displays at the legacy of the strike in southern heritage, exploring its advanced ties to the evolving New South.
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Faltering cotton prices and continued high human fertility rates pressured once-independent white farmers into greater debt, tenancy, and ultimately o√ the land, with little opportunity to move back up the agricultural ladder. As one Fulton worker remarked, farming had become ‘‘just nip and tuck like. . ’’∑≠ Among the most vulnerable and marginalized of southerners, Confederate widows, other destitute women, and children constituted most of the ﬁrst workers at Atlanta’s three textile mills. In 1879, the superintendent of the Atlanta Cotton Factory pointed out the di≈culties many of these people had in adjusting to a new industrial order.
Often jarring juxtapositions. The new Municipal Auditorium, erected in 1909, was another. In 1910, amid great local fanfare, the Metropolitan Opera put on ﬁve performances at the auditorium, inaugurating an annual practice that would continue for decades. As the only place where the Met performed outside of New York, Atlanta’s cultural reputation received a shot in the arm, however well deserved. 38 at l a n ta Housing in the Fulton mill district, c. 1907. Georgia Institute of Technology Library and Information Center.
In a 1911 comparative survey of food prices in American cities, Atlanta ranked sixth highest among the thirty-nine cities examined. S. Senate reported that food prices paid by working-class families in Atlanta were 9 percent higher than prices in New York City. ∞≥ 36 at l a n ta Gardens and livestock also hearkened back to a traditional, familiar rural world. ∞∂ In numerous other ways, Atlanta of the early 1910s was a city of extremes, of often stark contrasts magniﬁed and intensiﬁed by the city’s rapid growth and reﬂecting deep and widening divisions among its population.
Contesting the New South Order: The 1914-1915 Strike at Atlanta's Fulton Mills by Clifford M. Kuhn