Gastonia, 1929: The Story of the Loray Mill Strike

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University of North Carolina Press, 1995 - History - 226 pages
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Of the wave of labor strikes that swept through the South in 1929, the one at the Loray Mill in Gastonia, North Carolina, is perhaps the best remembered. In Gastonia 1929 John Salmond provides the first detailed account of the complex events surrounding the strike at the largest textile mill in the Southeast. His compelling narrative unravels the confusing story of the shooting of the town's police chief, the trials of the alleged killers, the unsolved murder of striker and balladeer Ella May Wiggins, and the strike leaders' conviction and subsequent flight to the Soviet Union.

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Story of the Loray Mill strike in 1929. This violent strike was one of the opening shots in the war between the mill owners and labor unions over the lucrative southern textile industry. Read full review


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John A. Salmond is professor of history at La Trobe University in Australia.

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