Title: Oral History Interview with George F. Dugger Sr., August 9, 1979. Interview H-0312.
Interviewer: Hall, Jacquelyn
Interviewee: Dugger, George F.
Subjects: Textile workers--Tennessee--Elizabethton Strikes and lockouts--Textile industry--Tennessee Labor unions--Tennessee Dugger, George F., Sr. Lawyers--Tennessee--Elizabethton
Abstract: George F. Dugger Sr. had practiced law in Elizabethton, Tennessee, for fifty-five years at the time of this interview. After detailing his family history, he describes his involvement in the dispute over unionization at the Elizabethton rayon plant. As the plant's lawyer, he worked both for and against unionization. In 1936, he helped smooth unionization at the plant, protecting a union leader's identity. But during a 1929 strike he worked with mill management to return strikers to their jobs. Most of this interview focuses on that strike, which turned violent as strikers attacked Dugger, the police attacked strikers, and Elizabethton citizens assaulted at least one union leader. This interview provides a useful, if sometimes difficult to interpret, account of the 1929 Elizabethton rayon plant strike and will be of interest to any researcher concerned with this incident.
Dugger has a remarkable family history. Researchers interested in learning about five generations of the Dugger family, stretching back 239 years, should read the beginning of this interview.