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Susan Plyler and Blanton Smith Interviews

Identifier: L1995-13_AV0440

Scope and Contents of the Collection

From the Collection: The Uprising of '34 Collection demonstrates how communities can be impacted in contemporary ways by history and memory, decades after a series of events occur. Veterans of the events of 1934 and their descendants-black, white, mill worker, manager, union, and non-union- were interviewed about mill village life, work conditions, southern contemporaneous culture as well as the strike itself. This finding aid describes the digitized oral history-style interviews available in Georiga State University Library's Digital Collections.


  • 1987-1995

Restrictions on Access

All of the interviews are available online in GSU's Digital Collections.

Biographical Note

Susan Plyler was a textile worker in Kannapolis, N.C. and involved with the Piedmont Peace Project. Blanton Smith was the son of textile workers in Kannapolis, N.C.


1 item(s) (video (30:32 duration))

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Plyler discusses discovering the history of the textile workers' strike of 1934, the impact that it had on her, ideas of working class history, and how history is constructed. Smith discusses moving to Kannapolis from Anderson, S.C., the textile workers' strike of 1934, riding the rails, the bonus army and why he went into the army.


Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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