The Saga of Ella May Wiggins

Phil Blank, Mill Mother’s Lament, 2015, from the series Southern Insurrections.

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The Saga of Ella May Wiggins

by Annette Cox
Southern Cultures, Vol. 21, No. 3: Music

"'Men say mill folks are rotten / an' mean down to the core, / But if you seen your chillern starve, / wouldn't you ask fer more?'"

While doing research on textiles during the Great Depression, I found this poem about Ella May Wiggins on the March 8, 1932 editorial page of the Greensboro Daily News in a regular column titled “Shucks and Nubbins.” The author signed the piece with the initials S. A. J., but did not provide any other information about the poem.