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African American Millhands, the Durham Hosiery Mills, and the Politics of Race and Gender in Durham’s Textile Industry, 1903-1920

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North Carolina’s Durham Hosiery Mills were among the first to use black labor in the southern textile industry. Black women who worked for the Durham Hosiery Mills as skilled workers blazed a trail for later African American workers who battled racist and sexist practices in the twentieth century. The history of African American millhands, their hiring, and the motivations of millowners for hiring them are detailed.