Title: Oral History Interview with Arthur Little, December 14, 1979. Interview H-0132.
Interviewer: Hall, Jacquelyn
Interviewee: Little, Arthur
Subjects: North Carolina--Race relations Trade-unions--Textile workers--North Carolina Textile workers--North Carolina--Social conditions Women in the textile industry
Abstract: Milk delivery boy Arthur Little hated getting up early to deliver milk and dreamed of owning a glove factory instead. In this interview he describes realizing that dream and details the glove making industry in Newton, North Carolina. Most of this interview focuses on Little's life as a factory owner and his observations about work in his mill. He describes a relatively unchanging industry, where work methods and the young, mostly female workforce have evolved little over the course of decades. Little disapproves of unions and government spending, which may reflect his struggles during the Great Depression and his hard-earned financial success. He sees the role of the Ku Klux Klan in the aftermath of the Civil War positively, however—a view that perhaps reflects the beliefs of many of his generation in the rural South. This interview will offer researchers a useful top-down look at the glove making industry in North Carolina.