Center for Regional History and Culture Kennesaw State University

Southern Industrialization Project

5th Annual Meeting
Kennesaw State University
March 23-24, 2001
Past the Myth:
Confronting Real Issues About Southern Industrialization
Old South, New South: The tower on the right is all that remains of the
Confederate Powder Works. The brick chimney became a Confederate monument
in 1882. To the left is the Sibley Cotton Mill, constructed on the Powder
Works' site in 1880 (Augusta, Georgia).

The Southern Industrialization Project (SIP) seeks to foster a greater understanding of the history and culture of industrialization in the American South. SIP primarily consists of a discussion list of more than 100 academic and public historians with research interests that encompass many industries, eras, and geographic locations. Each year we meet to hear scholarly papers and to propose methods for promoting research in Southern industrial history.

Co-sponsored by
KSU's Center for Regional History & Culture
and The Historical Society


Friday, March 23

10:00-Noon: SESSION I
Technology, Innovation and Southern Industrialization

Chair: Lorne McWatters, Middle Tennessee State University

Sean P. Adams, University of Central Florida,
"Nature's Blessing, Slavery's Curse: The Frustrating Story of Virginia's Richmond Coal Basin"

Steven G. Collins, St. Louis Community College, Meramec
" The Confederate Ordinance Department and Southern Industrialization"

Noon-1:30 LUNCH provided to attendees

Stanley L. Engerman, University of Rochester
"Slaves, Free Labor, and the Southern Industrial Labor Force"

3:00-5:00 PM: SESSION II
Technology, Innovation and Southern Industrialization

Chair: August W. Giebelhaus, Georgia Institute of Technology

Donna M. Neary, Department of Public History, Louisville, KY
"Industrial Development in Louisville, Kentucky"

Richard O'Connor, Historic American Engineering Record, Washington, D.C.
"Making Brick in Montgomery: Technical Ability and Regional Support Networks
in the Southern Brick Industry"


Saturday, March 24

9:30-11:30 AM: SESSION III
Southern Industry and Labor

Chair: Robert C. McMath, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

Bess Beatty, Oregon State University
"Writing about the Beginnings of a Southern Industrial Working Class: Problems and Potentials"

Michele K. Gillespie, Wake Forest University
"'To Harden a Lady's Hand': Gender Politics, Racial Realities and Women Mill Workers in Antebellum Georgia"

Carl Weinberg, North Georgia College and State University
"Labor, Migration and Change in the Northeast Georgia Poultry Industry"

Noon-1:00 PM LUNCH

1:00-3:00 PM SIP Business Meeting

All sessions in Buruss Building, Room 152

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