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Beth Anne English
College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA 23186-0002)
A Common Thread: Labor, Politics, and Capital Mobility in the U.S. Textile Industry, 1880-1959

"A Common Thread" examines the relocation of the New England textile industry to the South between 1880 and 1959. The manuscript analyzes how mill owners, the state, and labor unions shaped this movement of cotton mill money, machinery, and jobs from one region to another within the U.S. Through the lens of the Massachusetts-based Dwight Manufacturing Company, the study historicizes and helps inform current debates about continuous relocations of capital to low-wage, largely unregulated and unorganized labor markets worldwide.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2004 – 8/31/2004