By Bryant Simon

during this ebook, Bryant Simon brings to lifestyles the politics of white South Carolina millhands throughout the first 1/2 the 20th century. His revealing and relocating account explores how this staff of southern workers considered and took part in politics and public power.

Taking a large view of politics, Simon appears to be like at employees as they engaged in political task in lots of venues--at the polling station, on entrance porches, and at the store floor--and examines their political involvement on the neighborhood, country, and nationwide degrees. He describes the crusade kinds and rhetoric of such politicians as Coleman Blease and Olin Johnston (himself a former millhand), who eagerly sought the staff' votes. He attracts a close photograph of mill staff casting ballots, wearing placards, marching at the kingdom capital, writing to lawmakers, and picketing factories. those millhands' politics mirrored their private and non-private concepts approximately whiteness and blackness,
war and the recent Deal, democracy and justice, gender and sexuality, category kinfolk and intake.

Ultimately, the folks depicted listed here are neither romanticized nor brushed off because the stereotypically racist and uneducated "rednecks" present in many money owed of southern politics. Southern employees understood the political and social forces that formed their lives, argues Simon, and so they developed
complex political ideas to accommodate these forces.

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