The General Textile Strike of 1934 was one of the largest labor strikes in the history of the United States. Half a million workers walked off their jobs in cotton mills across the South and up the Eastern seaboard, leading some company bosses to respond with violence. Some strikers were killed, others were imprisoned, and nearly all strikers were blacklisted and prevented from returning to work in the textile industry. The effects of the strikes and their consequences lingered in some communities for generations.
The Uprising of '34 is a documentary film, released in 1995, that tells the story of the General Textile Strike from the perspective of those who experienced it firsthand. During the film's production, over 300 hours of interviews were conducted with former mill workers, their children and grandchildren, labor organizers, mill owners, and others who experienced or were affected by the strikes. The recorded interviews are held in Georgia State University Library's Special Collections and Archives.
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission awarded Georgia State University Library a grant in the amount of $121,418 to digitize, transcribe, and make available online all of the interviews, which previously existed only in obsolete audiovisual formats. The digitized interviews are presented here using the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS), and open-source software tool designed to make the content of an online oral history more discoverable.
Copyright to this collection is owned by Georgia State University Library. Georgia State University Library has made this digital collection available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.