Burlington in Alamance County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Working the Shift
Workers’ jobs depended on their age, gender, and race. Pay rates were linked to the job workers performed as well as their experience, speed and skill. In 1904, a
It seems like me and Jim’s got old with the mill but age aint hurt the mill none. When it slows down it can git new parts and we caint. What’s worse we soon aint goin’ to have money to buy rations for feeding our wore-out bodies. The mill keeps makin’ money but it has to give to them that’s young and strong, I reckon, and even to them it caint give a regular livin’.
Mary Smith, Durham, North Carolina
Textile mills operated on a family based labor system. Mill owners recruited entire families from the countryside to live in mill housing and work in the mills. Once a part of the mill village, many families found that members of the larger community were prejudiced toward them. This was especially true in urban areas where those who lived in town referred to mill folk as “poor white trash,” and “linthead.”
Adapting from farm to millwork was difficult for other reasons as well. Workers had to keep
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1904.
Location. 36° 8.295′ N, 79° 25.655′ W. Marker is in Burlington, North Carolina, in Alamance County. Marker is on Glencoe Street, on the left when traveling west. Glencoe Village is 3 miles north of Burlington, NC from NC Highway 62. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Burlington NC 27215, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Calling the Mill Village 'Home' (here, next to this marker); Women in the Mill Village (a few steps from this marker); After the Whistle Blows (a few steps from this marker); A Legacy of Community (a few steps from this marker); African Americans in the Mill VillageMen in the Mill Village (a few steps from this marker); Cotton Dust and Poverty (a few steps from this marker); Children in the Mill Village (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burlington.
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Additional keywords. Alamance Cotton Mill, Glencoe, Fabric, Textiles, Company Shops, Holt
Credits. This page was last revised on February 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 9, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Graham, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 740 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 10, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Graham, North Carolina. 4. submitted on July 9, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Graham, North Carolina. 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 10, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Graham, North Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.