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Frederickson, Mary

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Works: 31 works in 36 publications in 1 language and 805 library holdings
Genres: History  Interviews  Bibliography  Sources 
Roles: Interviewer, Editor
Classifications: HD6068.2.U6, 305.4890623
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Most widely held works by Mary Frederickson
Sisterhood and solidarity : workers' education for women, 1914-1984 by Joyce L Kornbluh ( Book )
3 editions published in 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Oral history interview with Flossie Moore Durham, 1976 September 2 Interview H-66. Series H. Piedmont Industrialization. Southern Oral History Program Collection (H-4007) by Flossie Moore Durham ( )
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Oral history interview with Vesta and Sam Finley, July 22, 1975 interview H-0267, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Vesta Finley ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Raised on her family's western North Carolina farm, Vesta explains that while still children, she and her brothers and sisters contributed to the household income. Vesta quit school at an early age to enter the mills, but she continued trying to learn. This desire led her to attend the Southern School, a training center run by the Textile Workers Union of America. Following her time at the summer school, Vesta and a group of women from Marion, North Carolina, went to New York to speak to the unions there about labor conditions in the Piedmont. When she returned, she met Sam, and they married a year later. The heart of the interview focuses on the 1929 Marion Strike. When Marion's factory owners tried to add hours to the twelve-hour work day, the workers walked out. The union organized a food distribution system, overseen by Sam. Sam and Vesta argue that the strike was not controlled by national or communist leaders, but rather by local activists. They explain how tension built in the town as strikers and mill owners grew increasingly antagonistic. On October 2, in an action that came to be known as the Marion Massacre, police opened fired on the strikers, killing six of them. According to the Finleys, deputies had been told to target union leaders. Discussion of the strike leads Vesta to describe the experiences at the Brookwood Labor College and the Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers. Though many laborers joined the strike at first, within a few weeks, some needed more support than the union could offer. These people became strikebreakers, and through their work, the mill remained partially operational. Vesta talks about the positions women held during the strike and the sort of training they received at the labor schools. A variety of journalists, authors, and historians covered portions of the Marion Strike, and the Finleys talk about the influence they had. Though the strike attracted national attention at first, the mill owners soon won over public support, and the Finleys note the reticence of the company to share information about the event to this day. To close the interview, the Finleys reflect on what has and has not changed within the mills. They also describe the attitude of the contemporary generation toward the strikers and toward unions. One of the biggest changes in the mills had been the ending of segregation, but the Finleys do not believe that desegregation was entirely a good thing. In addition, they discuss the various jobs African Americans held prior to desegregation. In 1928, Sam joined the Ku Klux Klan. He explains why he did so and defends their actions, explaining that he never took part in a racial attack but used the organization to provide for local white citizens. Vesta does not seem to be as eager to defend them. Vesta ends the interview by talking about how much pride she took in being a part of the union movement
Oral history interview with Mildred Price Coy, April 26, 1976 interview G-0020, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Mildred Price Coy ( )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 1976, historian Mary Frederickson interviewed white civil rights activist Mildred Price Coy about the development of her egalitarian ideals, her involvement in various justice movements during the twentieth century, and the societal changes she witnessed. At the time of the interview, Coy and her husband, Harold Coy, were living in Mexico with a group of expatriates who had fled McCarthyism and the Red Scare. Coy begins the interview with a history of the Price family. Though Coy had repudiated many of the social ideals she learned as a child, she still seems to feel great pride in the fact that she descends from several generations of southerners. She describes how her family dealt with the economic destruction following the Civil War and theorizes how that experience influenced how her grandmother raised her children. During Coy's childhood, her father moved the family back and forth between nearby towns and the family farm. Though they owned almost as little as their tenants, she remembers feeling superior to the children whose parents worked her father's land. Coy describes her father as a very lonely man who could not connect to his peers or his family. She did enjoy a warm relationship with her mother, however. Her parents shared a commitment to education for their children, and though both had been raised in religious families, faith played only a small role in Coy's childhood. Coy says that as she and her siblings grew older, the girls tended to become more racially liberal while the boys remained very conservative. Because there was no high school near their farm, Coy's parents sent her to live with her uncle in Miami, Florida. After graduation, she attended the North Carolina College for Women for three years, which she remembers as being very supportive and thought-provoking. She transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but she did not have the same connection to UNC that she had to the women's college. After graduating from UNC, Coy worked for several years in various rural school districts around North Carolina. Louise Leonard McLaren then recruited her to work as a secretary for the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA). Her first job for the YWCA was in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she worked with local female shoe workers who, while unwilling to join a union, seemed to appreciate her presence. Though she acknowledges that the YWCA did radically change southern society, she does not believe that it went as far as it could have. Coy went on to found the Southern Schools for Workers with Lois McDonald
Oral history interview with Howard Kester, August 25, 1974 interview B-0007-2, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Howard Kester ( )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Howard Kester was a Socialist and Christian who advocated for social justice causes throughout the South from the mid-1920s through the 1960s. In this interview, he discusses his involvement with such organizations as the YMCA/YWCA, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the Fellowship of Southern Churchmen, the Committee on Economic and Racial Justice, the Penn School, the Southern Summer School for Women Workers, and the Southern Tenant Farmers Union. Throughout the interview, Kester emphasizes his radical Christian values and Socialist leanings in relationship to his beliefs regarding fundamental human equality. Kester equates the struggles of African Americans with those of workers, and views social justice issues as relevant to all Americans, regardless of their social standing. He discusses both the progress made towards these ends as well as the obstacles that remained, primarily during the 1930s and 1940s. He also describes the leadership roles and beliefs of fellow social activists such as Reinhold Niehbur, Elizabeth Gilman, Alva Taylor, Elizabeth Jones, Louise Young, Louise (Leonard) McLaren, and his wife, Alice Harris Kester
Oral history interview with Harriet Herring, February 5, 1976 interview G-0027, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Harriet L Herring ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Harriet Herring, a research associate at the Institute for Research in Social Science and professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina, recalls her early life and experiences studying labor in North Carolina mill towns in the first half of the 20th century. The bulk of the interview focuses on Herring's efforts to study the high turnover at cotton mills and the industry's resistance to her investigations. Some recollections about Herring's family and eminent sociologist Howard T. Odum did not merit excerption but might still be useful for researchers
Oral history interview with Mary Price Adamson, April 19, 1976 interview G-0001, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Mary Price Adamson ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Beginning with her family background and early childhood, Mary Price Adamson traces the dynamics that led her to adopt her radical stance later in life. Because both of her parents had attended college, Adamson and her siblings were encouraged to pursue higher education. Though her father's death placed the family in serious financial difficulties, Adamson's older brothers paid for her to attend college. She enrolled first in the North Carolina College for Women and then transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her degree in 1931 at the height of the Great Depression. For a time, she worked in Greensboro, starting at the Greensboro Daily News and then the Vick Chemical Company, where she learned secretarial skills. Shortly thereafter, she joined her sister Mildred and brother-in-law Harold Coy in New York City, where she moved through a series of secretarial positions. She describes how young professionals lived and socialized during the Great Depression. In the late 1930s, she accompanied her sister and brother-in-law on a trip to the Soviet Union, and when she returned, she went to work for Walter Lippmann. After several years with him, she took a job as an assistant reporter for Business Week. In 1945, she left New York and returned to North Carolina to open the state office of the Southern Conference for Human Welfare. When Henry Wallace ran for governor in 1948, Adamson organized his campaign tour through the South, and eventually the members of the Progressive Party convinced her to run for North Carolina's governorship. That summer, Elizabeth Bentley--an acquaintance from New York City--accused Adamson of being a Soviet spy. For the next decade, Adamson battled McCarthyism and accusations of Communism. In 1950, she had a serious accident and went to Europe to recuperate. While abroad, she met and married Charles Adamson. When she returned, she found that the FBI still considered her a person of interest, a fact that made it hard for her to keep jobs. Eventually, however, she went to work for the National Council of Churches, a position she enjoyed greatly. However, a second serious accident forced her to retire early and move to California to recuperate
Oral history interview with Miriam Bonner Camp, April 15, 1976 interview G-0013, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Miriam Bonner Camp ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Miriam Bonner Camp was born in Bonnerton, North Carolina, in 1896. In this interview, she describes growing up in Washington, North Carolina, and her family's historical roots in that area. Camp's mother, who stressed the importance of education and community involvement, was an especially influential figure in her life. In addition, Camp describes opportunities for women, the nature of race relations and social hierarchies, and the role of religion and education in Washington, North Carolina, during the early twentieth century. In 1909, Camp moved with her family to Azusa, California, where she had to endure the stereotypical assumptions people made about her as a southerner. As a high school student in California, Camp excelled academically in pursuit of her goal of attending Berkeley, which she attended from 1915 to 1920. While a student there, Camp became increasingly interested in social issues and was inspired by Progressive era thinkers like Jacob Riis and Jane Addams. She describes her life as a student at this coeducational institution, where she earned both a bachelor's and master's degree in English education. Following her tenure at Berkeley, Camp spent a year pursuing a graduate degree at Columbia University in New York City before returning to North Carolina to teach at the North Carolina College for Women in Greensboro, where she remained from 1921 until 1926. Camp describes work, life, and the close friendships she formed with other faculty members at this all-women's institution of higher education. In 1926, Camp left her post at the North Carolina College for Women to travel through Europe for a year. She returned to Europe again in 1930 after a brief sojourn teaching at the Long Beach California Junior College. During her second trip to Europe, Camp observed the intensifying labor movement and the rise of fascism in Italy and Germany. While there, she studied the workers education movement and the political diversity of labor activism. This followed her involvement with the Southern Summer School during several summers in the late 1920s. She describes the latter as a cooperative community geared towards group action for women workers. Camp offers insight into the role of female leadership at the Southern Summer School and discusses the kinds of problems women workers faced. In addition, she compares her experiences with the Southern Summer School to her briefer tenure at the Vineyard Shores Workers' School in 1931 and the Bryn Mawr College Summer School for Women Workers in 1932. In 1936, Camp was married. She concludes the interview by discussing her family life and her continued involvement in community activities
Oral history interview with Broadus Mitchell, August 14 and 15, 1977 interview B-0024, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Broadus Mitchell ( )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
John Broadus Mitchell was born in Georgetown, Kentucky, in 1892 into a family with roots in religion and education. Mitchell describes his upbringing and the strong influence of both his mother and father. Mitchell discusses his father's education and career as a professor of history, his parents' liberal political leanings, and their community involvement. Mitchell also describes his perceptions of race while growing up in Kentucky, Virginia, and South Carolina. Mitchell became an economic historian: he describes in detail how the textile industry shifted its base of power from New England to the Southern states in the late nineteenth century, and he talks at length about the impact of industrialization on Southern communities. Mitchell became particularly interested in the politics of labor and race. He explains the purposes of labor education programs--notably the Summer School for Women Workers at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and the Southern Summer School for Women Workers in North Carolina--and his participation in those endeavors. In the 1920s, Mitchell moved to Baltimore to teach at Johns Hopkins University. In the 1930s, he came under administration scrutiny when he publicly spoke out about a lynching in Salisbury, Maryland, advocated for the admittance of an African American graduate student to the university, and began to embrace socialist politics. He resigned in 1939. During the years of World War II, he worked briefly at Occidental College and New York University before finding a tenured position in the Economics Department at Rutgers University. Mitchell continued to be involved in leftist politics during the 1940s, and in the 1950s he participated in a movement at Rutgers to combat McCarthyism in academia. Throughout this interview, Mitchell emphasizes the influence of his upbringing on his political beliefs, and he relates his own experiences to those of his siblings who also were engaged in activism related to labor and race. Towards the end of the interview, Mitchell's wife, Louise, joins the interview and discusses her career in teaching, her own community involvement, and her efforts to balance the demands of work and family
Oral history interview with Phillips Russell, November 18, 1974 interview B-0011-3, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Phillips Russell ( )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Charles Phillips Russell was born in North Carolina during the late 1800s. After graduating from the University of North Carolina just after the turn of the twentieth century, he spent time in New York and London, working as a writer before returning to Chapel Hill to teach at the University in 1925. For the majority of the interview, Russell focuses specifically on worker education programs in North Carolina during the late 1930s and early 1940s. During these years, Russell taught for one summer at the Southern Summer School for Workers (1939) and for two summers at the Black Mountain College Institute of the Textile Workers of America (1942-1943). Russell describes the role of leaders at these schools, offering insight into the labor activism of Louise McLaren, Leo Huberman, Larry Rogan, and Mildred Price. Comparing his experiences at the two schools, Russell describes the role of faculty, the role of students, and curriculum and recreation. According to Russell, the Southern Summer School adopted a "top down" approach in which teachers exercised a great deal of authority and control within the school, whereas the Black College School was more oriented around the students. Russell also addresses various schools of thought within the labor movement, arguing that while some labor leaders emphasized political action, he believed economic change was more important. As for curriculum at the summer schools, while workers were encouraged to participate in politics as a means of promoting their collective interests, Russell argues that political activism was not overt, nor was it geared towards espousing particular political ideologies
Oral history interview with Ethel Bowman Shockley, June 24, 1977 interview H-0045, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Ethel Bowman Shockley ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ethel Bowman Shockley was born around the turn of the twentieth century into a working-class family in Carroll County, Virginia. In 1921, she moved to Glen Raven, North Carolina, with her new husband to find work in the mills. Her husband found work dying yarn in the Plaid Mill; she went to work there in 1927 as a skein winder after her first three children were born. Shockley describes life in the mill town of Glen Raven and discusses the effect of labor activism there during the Depression. Although there were other mills in the area, Shockley stayed at Plaid Mill for the duration of her career. Before she retired in 1964, she had had numerous positions at the mill. Shockley explains how work was never steady during the Depression, but that most people in her community were able to get by either through farming or from receiving aid from the company bosses. Some of the mills in the community were unionized; some participated in the national textile strike. However, the workers at Plaid Mill, Shockley included, did not participate in the strike or labor activism. According to Shockley, working conditions began to improve with the passage of the National Recovery Act and after the U.S. entered World War II. She describes changes to the materials produced and the techniques used in the textile industry over the course of these years. Her daughter, Hazel Shockley Cannon, joins the interview. Cannon also worked in the textile industry, and together the mother and daughter describe issues such as child labor, health care, workers' compensation, and race in the workplace. They describe Glen Raven as a close-knit community in which most families continued the tradition of working in the mills
Oral history interview with Louise Rigsbee Jones, October 13, 1976 interview H-0085-2, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Louise Rigsbee Jones ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is the second interview in a two-part series with Louise Riggsbee Jones about her life in Bynum, North Carolina. Born in 1897, Jones lived her entire life in Bynum, North Carolina. Here she focuses on life and work in that working community. Jones describes again the importance of church, discussing in detail the role of religious revivals in her community during the early twentieth century. In addition, she describes her own courtship and marriage at the age of 25. Like many of her peers, Jones was pregnant and had a baby within her first year of marriage, which she attributes in part to the absence of birth control and sexual education. Before the birth of her first child, Jones had worked as a winder in the Bynum cotton mill and she returned to that post during the Great Depression in order to help the family make ends meet. Jones describes working as a winder in the mill, focusing on such issues as work conditions, gender, balancing work and family, relationships between workers, and workers' benefits (specifically Social Security)
Oral history interview with Guion Griffis Johnson, May 17, 1974 interview G-0029-2, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Guion Griffis Johnson ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Guion Griffis Johnson was born and raised in Texas. She graduated in 1923 from the University of Missouri with a degree in journalism before moving to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, Guy Johnson. Johnson studied sociology at the University of North Carolina, graduating with her Ph.D. in 1927. While at UNC, both Johnson and her husband worked with the Institute for Research in Social Science. Johnson began to establish her career by studying poor and disadvantaged people in the South and race relations. In this interview, Johnson focuses primarily on her involvement with the women's movement and her efforts to balance work and family. Growing up in a family that had progressive beliefs about race and gender, Johnson was immersed in the women's suffrage movement. Encouraged by her mother to become economically independent, Johnson married a man whom she describes as supportive of her desire to have a career. The Johnsons began their family in the late 1920s; Johnson describes the challenges of balancing family and career during those years. In so doing, she emphasizes the importance of having outside help for childcare and housekeeping and the support of her husband and employers. In addition, Johnson discusses the changing role of women in American society during the twentieth century, focusing on such topics as her involvement in women's voluntary organizations; the impact of advances in birth control and abortion; and the evolving nature of marriage, divorce, and family
Oral history interview with Guion Griffis Johnson, May 28, 1974 interview G-0029-3, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Guion Griffis Johnson ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Guion Griffis Johnson was a preeminent sociologist, educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the 1920s. In this interview (the third in a four-part series), Johnson focuses primarily on her education, her work with the Institute for Research in Social Sciences (IRSS) during the 1920s and 1930s, her participation in the Carnegie-Myrdal Study of the Negro in America, and the challenges of being a woman academic during that era. Johnson begins with a brief discussion of her formative years in Greenville, Texas. Focusing on how her father had provided a model of racial tolerance and that she grew up believing women should have the same opportunities as men. In 1924, Johnson began her doctoral degree, alongside her husband, Guy B. Johnson, at UNC. Both worked for the newly formed IRSS, spearheaded by Howard Odum, and aligned themselves with those on campus who shared their progressive views on race relations. In describing her work with the IRSS, Johnson focuses on some of the opposition the Institute faced from various sectors of the academic community. During the 1930s, Johnson and her husband became well-versed in the history of race relations in the South and the sociology of race. As a result, they both joined the Carnegie-Myrdal Study for the Study of the Negro in America in 1939. Johnson describes the research and writing they did for the study, as well as her interactions with Gunnar Myrdal and other members of the study. In addition to discussing her work in southern race relations, Johnson speaks at length throughout the interview about the challenges she faced as a female academic. She offers several anecdotes regarding her efforts to challenge salary disparities and describes her experiences as one of the few women graduate students at UNC and as a professor. Finally, Johnson discusses what it was like to be half of a so-called "husband and wife team" in academia. Throughout the interview, Johnson touches on the challenges and experiences of academics with progressive views of both race and gender from the 1920s into the early 1940s
Oral history interview with Guion Griffis Johnson, August 19, 1974 interview G-0029-1, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Guion Griffis Johnson ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Guion Griffis Johnson was among the first generation of female professional historians and a pioneer of social history. Her book Ante-Bellum North Carolina provides a comprehensive study of how people maintained and sometimes traversed social divisions in this state. For this interview, she discusses the work she did for Dr. Howard Odum of the University of North Carolina Department of Sociology from 1923 until 1934. She lists the community activities she participated in during and after this period. While her husband, Guy Johnson, taught for the Institute for Research in Social Science, she copy edited issues of the Social Forces journal, researched projects on St. Helena's Island and antebellum North Carolina, and worked toward a Ph.D. in sociology. When the workload became too cumbersome and tedious, she transferred to the history department to finish her Ph.D. She lost her job with the Institute in 1930 when the University cut costs by laying off married female academics. The interview ends with her description of how she continued to work without receiving wages before going back to Baylor College as a professor
Oral history interview with Guion Griffis Johnson, July 1, 1974 interview G-0029-4, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Guion Griffis Johnson ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Guion Griffis Johnson was a sociologist actively involved in race, poverty, and gender issues. In this interview (the final part of a four-part series), she discusses her work with the Georgia Conference on Social Welfare during the mid-1940s and her involvement in the civil rights movement and the women's movement of the 1960s and 1970s in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Johnson went to work as the executive secretary of the Georgia Conference on Social Welfare in Atlanta in 1944 when her husband, Guy B. Johnson, became the first director of the Southern Regional Council. She describes the condition of the Georgia Conference when she assumed control over it, noting the divisions on its board over public welfare versus private welfare. Johnson helped to get the Georgia Conference back on its feet by raising funds and promoting awareness of poverty-related social issues throughout Georgia. She discusses in detail her effort to establish a juvenile court in Albany, the interracial dynamics of the Georgia Conference, and the impact of the Eugene Talmadge political machine on the Conference's efforts. In addition, Johnson explains her thoughts on the merits of gradual change for race relations (advocated by her husband and the Southern Regional Council) and more direct action, which she pursued in establishing a child care center for African Americans in Chapel Hill. During the 1960s, Johnson was active in various women's organizations and was a forerunner in the work of the North Carolina Commission on the Status of Women. She describes her thoughts on the Equal Rights Amendment, her political connections and activities, and her thoughts on the student sit-in movement. Johnson concludes the interview by asserting her belief that it was time for black leadership to take a more dominant role in the civil rights movement by the 1960s
Oral History Interview with Louise Rigsbee Jones, September 20, 1976 : Interview H-0085-1. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Louise Rigsbee Jones ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Louise Riggsbee Jones was born in Bynum, North Carolina, in 1897. In the first interview of a two-part series, Jones describes growing up in that cotton mill town during the early twentieth century. Jones' father worked as a cobbler during the day and occasionally worked as a night guard at the local grist mill. He died when Jones was only six years old. Jones, the youngest of six children, describes her close relationship with her mother, who did not remarry after her husband's death. Because several of Jones' older siblings had already begun to work in the mills, the family managed to survive financially. Her mother's garden and livestock supplemented their income. In addition to describing household economy, Jones discusses the role of religion in the community, her experiences in school, her work as a spinner in the cotton mill, and the different ways in which people received medical care in this small mill community
Oral history interview with Eleanor Copenhaver Anderson, November 5, 1974 interview G-0005, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Eleanor Copenhaver Anderson ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Eleanor Copenhaver Anderson was born into a mountaineer family in Marion, Virginia. Her collegiate studies in social work benefited her later work with the YWCA. After graduate school, she immediately joined the YWCA as an industrial secretary, where she remained for over forty years. She helped to organize conferences and worked with Louise McLaren in establishing the Southern Summer School for Women Workers. She later became involved with the student YWCA. Anderson recalls the difference in class background between industrial secretaries and women workers. The most powerful tensions, however, emerged over the religious nature of the YWCA. Religion influenced workers' liberal ideas about race and labor conditions, which often led to the accusation that the workers were communists. Regardless of the communists' effective organizing strategies, southern textile mill workers rejected their atheist beliefs and liberal racial views. As a result, association with communist ideas frequently undermined efforts to organize labor unions in the South. Moreover, the YWCA's active involvement with labor unions caused a division among the wealthy pro-labor members and the working-class women. Anderson expresses her frustration with organizers who would instigate a strike and then leave, often creating difficulties for the workers. Anderson's neighbor and fellow YWCA coworker, Sue Stille, joins the interview and shares her positive experiences with the YWCA. Stille describes the YWCA as a place where strong female leaders developed; however, because of the Ford Foundation's acquisition of the YWCA, she believes men will gain firmer control over the organization. Finally, Anderson discusses her marriage to the writer Sherwood Anderson. Their married life incorporated labor activism; they helped with the strikes in Danville, Virginia, Gastonia, North Carolina, and Marion, South Carolina strikes. She reveals her protection of her husband's private papers. The interview ends with a discussion about the future of her family's ownership of Copenhaver Industries
Oral history interview with Brownie Lee Jones, American Labor Education Service by Brownie Lee Jones ( Book )
2 editions published between 1978 and 1979 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
What is local studies? by Mary Frederickson ( Book )
2 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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