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The Strike of 1934:  Mill Owners and Workers in South Carolina during the New Deal

In response to the Great Depression, the federal government devised plans to help industry get back on it feet.  As a part of this plan regulations were to be imposed to create fair working environments, to protect labors’ interest as well.  The policies did not extend as far as workers would have liked, and in 1935 textile workers went on strike.  High school students will use documents from the James F. Byrnes Collection and the Clifton Collection at Clemson Library’s Special Collections to see how the story unravels from there. 


Aaron Hylkema
D.W. Daniel High
2003 Upstate Institute

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