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Cultural Modernization in Southern Cotton Mills

Title: Cultural Modernization in Southern Cotton Mills.
Name(s): Wilhelm, Christopher J., author
Green, Elna, professor directing thesis
Jumonville, Neil, committee member
Sinke, Suzanne, committee member
Department of History, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2004
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This Thesis analyzes the culture clash that occurred after rural white Southerners moved into Southern cotton mill villages. In these new industrial settings, which were often in close proximity to small urban centers, the culture of these workers transformed from a rural, subsistence, producer culture to an industrial, modern, consumer culture. This process was slow and progressed in many stages, the first of which began when welfare programs aimed at creating a "better" class of worker were popular in the mill villages during the 1910s. These welfare programs exposed the workers to modern ways of cooking, cleaning, dressing, and spending leisure time. Later, during the 1920's these workers became increasingly exposed to the mainstream, popular culture of the age as they began to consume automobiles, movies, radios, and new fashions of clothing and music. Finally, this paper analyzes the effects of the Great Depression on the burgeoning consumerism of the southern cotton mill workers.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-1012 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis Submitted to the Department of History in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2004.
Date of Defense: October 21, 2004.
Keywords: Consumerism, Popular Culture, Southern Labor, Labor, Welfare Work, Welfare Capitalism, Folk Music
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Elna Green, Professor Directing Thesis; Neil Jumonville, Committee Member; Suzanne Sinke, Committee Member.
Subject(s): History
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Owner Institution: FSU

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