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Oral History Interview with Evelyn Gosnell Harvell, May 27, 1980. Interview H-0250. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007).
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  • Abstract
    Evelyn Gosnell Harvell grew up on a farm owned by her father in Tygerville, South Carolina. In this interview, she recalls her family's life in Tygerville and more than three decades of mill work as a weaver. Harvell shares a number of characteristics with other mill workers interviewed in this collection: she enjoyed a rewarding childhood, she liked the work she did at the mill, and she was suspicious of unions. Harvell's brief answers to the interviewer's questions—and the interviewer's frequent use of yes-or-no questions—makes this interview more useful for gathering information than gaining a sense of life in the early twentieth-century rural South.
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  • A white family hires an African American woman to keep house
  • Starting mill work after completing eighth grade
  • Moving in with her father during the Great Depression made for a lot of fun
  • Fear of unions
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  • Subjects
  • Greenville (S.C.)--Social life and customs
  • Women in the textile industry
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