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Oral History Interview with L. Worth Harris, June 11, 1980. Interview H-0164. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007).
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  • Abstract
    L. Worth Harris grew up near Charlotte, North Carolina, a city that became a hub of the freight business in the early and middle of the twentieth century. Harris contributed to this development, starting his own trucking company in the early 1930s shortly after graduating from business school. In this interview he describes navigating the powerful unions, shipping textiles to New York City, and ultimately selling his business rather than merging with another one in the mid-1960s. He also seeks to explain why trucks replaced trains as the region's principal transportation vehicle, and why Charlotte became a center of the freight business. This interview offers a look at the growth of an important southern business.
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  • Harris's foray into the freight business
  • Weathering the Depression
  • Dealing with New York Teamsters
  • Trucking competes with rails in the freight business
  • Choosing to sell rather than merge
  • Charlotte becomes a trucking hub
  • Unionization in the trucking business
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  • Subjects
  • Religion and politics--North Carolina
  • Railroads--North Carolina--Employees
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