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Oral History Interview with Eunice Austin, July 2, 1980. Interview H-0107. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007).
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  • Abstract
    Eunice Austin describes a lifetime of laboring in Catawba County, North Carolina. Austin began her laboring life as a mill worker, like many young white southerners. In subsequent positions, she looped socks and made buttons, and after finding work in a furniture factory, inspected and assembled chairs. In this interview, Austin shares details from and reflects on her life, a happy one in her opinion. She offers a glimpse into life in the rural South in the twentieth century, details about manual labor in dominant southern industries like textiles and furniture-making, and the changing roles of women and African Americans.
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  • Grandmother leaves her boy at home when she goes to work
  • A limited courtship
  • World War II brings change to the textiles industry
  • A pleasant social atmosphere at textile and furniture factories
  • Employers listen to complaints, then do nothing
  • Gender roles at a furniture factory
  • Race relations at a furniture factory
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  • Subjects
  • Women in the textile industry
  • Textile workers--Training of
  • Farm life--North Carolina--Bynum
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