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Collection Details


Collection Name: Southern Communities: Miscellaneous Projects
Repository Name: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Wilson Library. Manuscript Collection. Southern Oral History Program [Repository Details]
Repository Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
Local Identifier: K.1.
URL: http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/htm/04007.html#d0e34202
Description: Interviews exploring the meaning of community and the role of historical memory. Cane Creek interviews relate to the controversy between residents of Cane Creek, N.C., a dairy farming community in Orange County, and the Orange County Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) over the proposal to construct a reservoir that would flood Cane Creek farms. The interviews document from many perspectives this instance of the transformation of rural life and the conflicts between political, social, and environmental needs that affect the course of urban growth. Coastal Carolina interviews focus on North Carolina counties where World War II defense industries and military bases sparked rapid and unprecedented change, when the coast, previously a land of sharecroppers, small farmers, fishing villages, and timber camps, was transformed as thousands of civilian workers poured into industry; women and African Americans entered skilled occupations for the first time. White Furniture Company of Mebane, N.C., interviews are with former employees and Mebane residents about the history of the company and its importance to the town of Mebane. When White Furniture Company closed its doors in 1993, Mebane lost one of the oldest operating furniture factories in the South. Hindu Temple in Morrisville, N.C., interviews are with first and second generation Indian-Americans living within the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area. Interviewees discuss the desire to preserve Indian culture and heritage in the United States, generational differences in the Indian-American community, and gender roles among Indian-Americans, as well as Hindu religious beliefs and practices.
Broad Subjects: Rural Life; Agriculture
ASP Subjects: Dairy farmers; Dairy farming; Dairy farms; North Carolina; Oral history; Rural conditions--North Carolina; Southern States; United States
Collection Code: OHC0004620