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Oral History Interview with George F. Dugger Sr., August 9, 1979. Interview H-0312. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007).
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  • Abstract
    George F. Dugger Sr. had practiced law in Elizabethton, Tennessee, for fifty-five years at the time of this interview. After detailing his family history, he describes his involvement in the dispute over unionization at the Elizabethton rayon plant. As the plant's lawyer, he worked both for and against unionization. In 1936, he helped smooth unionization at the plant, protecting a union leader's identity. But during a 1929 strike he worked with mill management to return strikers to their jobs. Most of this interview focuses on that strike, which turned violent as strikers attacked Dugger, the police attacked strikers, and Elizabethton citizens assaulted at least one union leader. This interview provides a useful, if sometimes difficult to interpret, account of the 1929 Elizabethton rayon plant strike and will be of interest to any researcher concerned with this incident.

    Dugger has a remarkable family history. Researchers interested in learning about five generations of the Dugger family, stretching back 239 years, should read the beginning of this interview.

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  • A variety of jobs precede a lengthy legal career
  • Dealing with a strike
  • Dealing with a strike that turned violent
  • Easing the path to unionization
  • Elizabethton's leading citizens assault a labor leader
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  • Subjects
  • Textile workers--Tennessee--Elizabethton
  • Strikes and lockouts--Textile industry--Tennessee
  • Labor unions--Tennessee
  • Dugger, George F., Sr.
  • Lawyers--Tennessee--Elizabethton
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