Title: Oral History Interview with Robert Cole, May 10, 1981. Interview H-0311.
Interviewer: Hall, Jacquelyn
Interviewee: Cole, Robert
Subjects: Cole, Robert Elizabethton (Tenn.)--Social conditions Textile workers--Tennessee--Elizabethton Strikes and lockouts--Textile industry--Tennessee Labor unions--Tennessee
Abstract: The focus of this interview is a textile mill strike that appears to have taken place near Stoney Creek, Tennessee. Robert Cole is not particularly forthcoming about details or reflections about the strike. This lack of depth is unfortunate, because Cole appears to have played an active role on both sides of the strike, initially crossing the picket line but soon thereafter joining the strikers and even serving as one of its organizers' bodyguards. Most of Cole's recollections concern some of the violence surrounding the strike, including fights, acts of terrorism, and shootings, none of which he participated in but for which he was arrested and tried. Researchers interested in labor clashes may find some useful material here.