Progeny of an Agricultural Surplus: The New South, Cotton Mills and Child Labor
November 15 (7:15pm)
Waterworks Visual Arts Center
Category: Special Events
Dr. Gary Freeze, Professor of History at Catawba College, will offer a gallery talk at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, November 15th at Waterworks Visual Arts Center.
Freeze’s talk concerns child labor and the Rowan Cotton Mills, and is titled, “Progeny of an Agricultural Surplus: The New South, Cotton Mills and Child Labor.” It will be offered as historical support of the Threads of Time exhibit, featuring the work of three artists, Stephanie J. Woods, Barry L. Moore, and Elaine Fleck, at Waterworks through February 2, 2019.
Freeze’s talk will ask the question: Why and how could parents allow such young children to work in such conditions, given the time period and values of late Victorian culture worldwide? Freeze, who began his history career studying the cultural dynamics of labor relations in Southern cotton mills, will provide some insights on the process of industrializations, with particular attention to “the rise of the mills” in Salisbury.
Freeze is currently the William R. Weaver Professor of Humanities at Catawba. His scholarship on the cultural approach to industrialization has been cited by more than a score of scholars in America and Europe.