Textile Mills — Supporting Documents

Ruth Rouse

Lewis Wickes Hines (1874-1940)

History of Textile Mills

Franklinsville Manufacturing Company

Deep River Mills

Loray Mill

General Overview Information

Timeline

  • 1861-1865 — Civil War
  • 1870s — Textiles were the one of the few southern industries to see growth
  • 1880s — “Cotton Mill Campaign” led by William Gregg, Henry Hammett and Daniel Tompkins
  • 1898 — Spanish American War
  • 1903 — NC enacted a child labor law, prohibiting children younger than 12 from working
  • 1905 — One half of all southern looms and spindles were within a one hundred miles radius of Charlotte
  • 1913 — Lewis Wickes Hine photographs children working in textile mills
  • 1917 — WWI
  • 1929 — Loray mill strike in Gastonia, NC
  • 1930 — Decline of the textile mills