Pedigo talks about how he was one of the founding members of the union at American Viscose in Roanoke, Virginia, in 1931. For Pedigo, the impetus for unionization was linked to "a question of human dignity." Later he explains that he was paid relatively high wages in comparison to other textile workers; however, as he describes here, foremen in the plant tended to belittle workers such as himself and threatened them constantly with job loss. In response, Pedigo and a few others worked to build a base of support, selling bootleg liquor to fund their cause.