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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Mattie Shoemaker and Mildred Shoemaker Edmonds, March 23, 1979. Interview H-0046. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

A relaxed environment at a textile mill

Edmonds describes a relatively relaxed work environment in which mill workers could talk with one another on the job and take a break, seated, to eat lunch.

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Oral History Interview with Mattie Shoemaker and Mildred Shoemaker Edmonds, March 23, 1979. Interview H-0046. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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MARY MURPHY:
I've read a lot about how the machines work and what they made, but what was it like working with the other people? Did you get to talk a lot?
MILDRED SHOEMAKER EDMONDS:
Yeah, we could talk. When we'd sit down to eat our lunch. We could talk now. Some people can't work and talk but I was always one that could. It would be another girl on the other side of my machine and I'd be over here on this side of the machine. We could talk through to one another. But some of them did and some of them didn't. Because they said they just couldn't get their work done and talk.