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James and Nannie Pharis, December 5, 1978; January 8 and 30, 1979. Interview H-0039.
Southern Woman Remembers Work, Family Life, and Foodways in a Mill Town: James and Nannie Pharis both began working in the cotton mills of Spray, North Carolina, as children during the turn of the twentieth century. In this interview, which focuses primarily on Nannie Pharis, they discuss working conditions, family life, community gatherings, and foodways in a southern community that merged industrial and agricultural lifestyles.
Interviewee: James Pharis, Nannie Pharis    Interviewer: Allen Tullos
Duration: 02:49:47     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 12 excerpts.