Song of the Workers: Mill and Factory
The industrial revolution changed the way many folks put food on the table. Until the mill and factory opened, the local economies were largely agrarian. Except for a few artisans, craftsmen, and merchants, most folks worked the farms. From the grand plantations of the Piedmont to the subsistence farmers of the hills, work was a seasonal affair.
At the end of the Civil War cotton mills were built in all parts of the American South. The mills provided a steady, year-round income. The work was hard and dangerous and the hours long.
- I am keeping the posts short this week. I can hear the collective sigh of relief. You will have less of my rambling nonsense to wade through. The past few weeks I have been extra busy. Along with the long hours I am putting in at work, and this daily Bus ride, I have taken on a few other tasks, perhaps too many.