A Fabric of Defeat The Politics of South Carolina Millhands, 1910–1948 by Bryant Simon (review)

A Fabric of Defeat The Politics of South Carolina Millhands, 1910–1948 by Bryant Simon (University of North Carolina Press, 1998)

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A Fabric of Defeat The Politics of South Carolina Millhands, 1910–1948 by Bryant Simon (review)

by Alex Lichtenstein
Southern Cultures, Vol. 5, No. 4: Winter 1999

University of North Carolina Press, 1998

In his 1964 essay, “The Southern Mystique,” radical historian Howard Zinn insisted that while the white southerner “cares about segregation, there are things he cares about more.” A Fabric of Defeat, Bryant Simon’s fascinating history of the political consciousness of South Carolina textile workers, puts that proposition to the test.