Articles on textile mills in Greenville from the Greenville Daily and the Greenville Journal, 1929, 1978, and 2003



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Each of these articles illustrates a different stage in the life of a South Carolina textile mill. They were collected as a part of teacher Rachael Kline's lesson, "From Cotton to Baseball: How Greenville Grew." The first reveals a time when mills were at top production, employing a large work force and contributing to South Carolina's economy. The second article represents a darker moment as mills closed in South Carolina and jobs were lost as industry moved overseas. The third shows that mills can still play a role in the future of the state as the large buildings are converted for new uses, like apartment homes. Use these articles to discuss change over time in relation to industry in the state.


"Operatives on County Textile: Dunean Works Biggest Force, 2500 person. "  Greenville Daily News.  1929. Collection of Greenville County Library. Greenville, South Carolina.
“Mills Mill Closing Announced.”  Greenville Journal. 1978.  Collection of Greenville County Library. Greenville, South Carolina.
“Mills Mill to Become Loft Condominiums: 108 unites planned.”  Greenville Journal.  2003. Collection of Greenville County Library.  Greenville, South Carolina.

Correlating SC Social Studies Academic Standards:

Standard 8-5: The student will demonstrate an understanding of major social, political, and economic developments that took place in the United States during the second half of the nineteenth century.

Indicator 8-5.3 Summarize the changes that occurred in South Carolina agriculture and industry during the late nineteenth century, including changes in crop production in various regions, and the growth of the textile industry in the Upcountry.

Standard 8-6: The student will demonstrate an understanding of South Carolina’s development during the early twentieth century.

Indicator 8-6.3 Summarize the political, social, and economic situation in South Carolina following World War I, including progress in suffrage for women, improvements in daily life in urban and rural areas, and changes in agriculture and industry.

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Article on Mill Operatives, 1929 Article on Mill Closing, 1978 Article on Mills Converted into Lofts, 2003

Lessons Using This Document:

From Cotton to Baseball: How Greenville Grew


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