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Comments by @KeriLeighMerrit: most southern mill owners had already owned slaves for a while before getting into mill business.
They put the same kind of paternalism into their millworkers as they'd been putting into their slave labor camps: housing, strict rules on alcohol use & propriety, etc.
In return, they expected the same kind of visible deference from mill workers as from slaves. (Slave resistance was heavy, but usually carefully crafted to be invisible to masters.)

And were super confused & heartbroken when it didn't play out like that.
Also we should talk more about Communist movements among white workers in the South, bc they totally happened. But it's not something we're used to thinking about in Southern labor history.
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