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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Evelyn Gosnell Harvell, May 27, 1980. Interview H-0250. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Fear of unions

Harvell was afraid of "that union," she recalls, it seems because she had heard about violent strikes. She was never interested in joining one.

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Oral History Interview with Evelyn Gosnell Harvell, May 27, 1980. Interview H-0250. 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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ALLEN TULLOS:
About the time you got married, they had some of these strikes and things here in the mills, the unions and the …
EVELYN GOSNELL HARVELL:
I remember that, but I wasn't in that in any way. I don't …
ALLEN TULLOS:
What do you remember, just pictures and things that you heard from that time?
EVELYN GOSNELL HARVELL:
I thought it was terrible. I was scared. No, I didn't have anything to do with that. I don't know much about the strikes. I don't fool with that union, either. I'm scared of it.
ALLEN TULLOS:
Do you remember any people trying to come around and get people to join the union?
EVELYN GOSNELL HARVELL:
Yes, they'd stand at the gate down there and hand you cards out.
ALLEN TULLOS:
Do you remember the National Guard coming in any time?
EVELYN GOSNELL HARVELL:
I wasn't working during that time, but I remember when it happened and all, yes.
ALLEN TULLOS:
Did your father and mother ever say anything about unions?
EVELYN GOSNELL HARVELL:
No, back in them days there wasn't any union that I know anything about. No, they never said anything about unions. All this happened after they had left.