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Oral History Interview with Eula McGill, December 12, 1974. Interview G-0039. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007).
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  • Abstract
    Eula McGill talks about being raised in a family of Alabama textile workers and gaining an early appreciation for unions despite the physical threats to workers and organizers from bosses and non-union workers. She shares well-formulated thoughts about union members' motivations being not just about garnering a living wage, but establishing personal and economic independence in a world ruled by company stores and company-owned housing. Despite some failings, she says, unions do more than any other institutions to improve the conditions of working people.
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  • National Recovery Act and unions saved laborers from miserable conditions
  • Dangerous lives of union organizers in 1930s
  • Workers seek independence as well as higher wages
  • Violence often unavoidable in climate of extreme abuse
  • Working people ultimately will side with the union
  • Women key to labor movement
  • Few black workers in textile factories
  • Fear biggest obstacle to labor unions
  • Apathy may spell death of labor movement
  • Worker first, citizen second
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  • Women in trade-unions--Southern States
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