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Book Review of Like A Family By Chad Collins Jacquelyn D Hall James Leloudis Robert Korstad Mary Murphy Lu Ann Jones and Christopher B Daly wrote Like A Family The book was published under W W Norton Company Inc in New York City during 1989 It is a first edition soft cover book with 468 pages and costs 1295 Like A Family was written to illustrate the emergence of the wage labor movement in the South through the textile industry and how these cotton mills evolved into a major economic way of life for Southerners The origins of this book began during the 1970s by the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina The authors wanted to capture the industrialization of the New South through orations by men and women whose past lay in an agrarian lifestyle to the transformation of these people to factory workers Like A Family tries to bridge the gap between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries while contributing to the steady flow of working-class people in which women children and community life played a major role The authors divided the book into two halves with part one describing the evolution of the cotton mill world between 1880 and 1920 moreover part two roughly covers 1920 to 1935 and how national policy and cultural trends affected the li ves of those people involved with cotton mill labor The story is told as a chronological narrative and the characters portrayed embody the values which I found to be very endearing that were instilled in me growing up in rural North Carolina There are a lot of pictures and maps to impact the reader with a sense of how an agrarian southerner lived and the location of the factories that are discussed throughout the book The creators of this book interviewed at least 200 people from that time period to exemplify the feelings
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