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 Workshop Schedule


Day 1—Sunday  (July 11 or July 25)

1:00-5:45 Workshop Registration, Lobby, Colonnades A       Participants will fill out a short registration form, get a packet of information and a room key (for those staying in the Colonnades). For a map of the campus and the location of  Colonnades A, click here. Please note: for those driving, Elon has no requirement in the summer for cars to have parking stickers (so don't worry about that issue). Please park in the lot beside the Colonnades off N. O'Kelly Ave.

6:00-6:30   Reception with cash bar  Johnston Hall  (Please note, Johnston Hall is across the railroad tracks from Lindner. There is a pedestrian tunnel across the street from Lindner. Click on map above for directions.)

6:30-7:30  Dinner   Johnston Hall

7:15   Welcome: Dr. Alison Morrison-Shetlar, Dean, Elon College, The College of Arts and Sciences

Workshop Information Updates: Dr. John Beck, Workshop Co-director

Introduction of Speaker: Dr. Jim Bissett, Workshop Co-director

Keynote Address: “An agrarian world: the Piedmont before the Civil War,”  Dr. Steven Hahn

Dr. Hahn will discuss the agrarian culture that dominated the Piedmont before the Civil War focusing on the small independent farmers who made up much of the population.

Steven Hahn, The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers and the Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry, Chapters 1 & 2 (Please read the 2006 edition)              

Day 2—Monday  (July 12 or July 26)  The Rural Piedmont in Transformation:  The Growth of Cash Crop Farming and Tenancy

9:00-10:00   “The market, the merchant, and the rise of cash crop farming and tenancy,” Dr. Steven Hahn   Lindner Hall 206

Dr. Hahn will discuss the growth of market-oriented farming, the expansion of tenant farming, and the important role of the merchant in this process. The mixed benefits of this transition will be discussed with special attention paid to the rise of landless farmers and impoverished farmers. Dr. Hahn’s address will be followed by a question and answer period.

10:15-10:30 Break; Assemble in Colonnades parking lot (of O'Kelly Ave.) to board bus.

11:00-12:00  Tour of  Garrett Farm, Cedarock Park

12:00-1:00 Picnic lunch

1:00- 2:00 “The Garrett farm before and after the Civil War,” John Beck

Dr. Beck will lead a discussion of the “safety-first” farming practices of the Garrett’s before the war and the shift to  cash crop farming after the war and how that affected the Garrett’s and people like them across the Piedmont.  Material about the Garretts from the U.S. manuscript census and other documents will be an important source for this discussion.

Return to Elon University

2:45-5:00  The seminar project Lindner Hall 206

2:45-3:15 “A brief overview of the options,” Dr. John Beck, Project Co-Director

3:15-4:00 “Designing modules that engage students in historical inquiry,” Dr. Peter Felten, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, Elon University

4:00-5:00  Begin work on projects

Dinner on your own

Steven Hahn, The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers and the Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry, Chapters 4 & 5. (Please read the 2006 edition)
Primary source material on the Garrett family and the Garrett farm from U.S. manuscript census records. (handout)
Michael Coventry, Peter Felten, David Jaffee, Cecilia O’Leary, and Tracy Weis, with Susannah McGowan, “Ways of Seeing: Evidence and Learning in the History Classroom,” Journal of American History (March 2006)

Day 3—Tuesday (July 13 or July 27) The Rural Piedmont in Transformation: Building Towns, Railroads and Mills

8:30 Assemble in parking lot beside the Colonnades to board bus.

9:45-11:30  Tour, North Carolina Transportation Museum, Spencer, NC

11:30-12:00 Picnic lunch at the museum picnic tables

12:00-1:00 Drive to Charlotte

1:30-4:45    “Charlotte, a New South Town,” Dr. Tom Hanchett, Staff Historian, Levine Museum of the New South, Charlotte

Dr. Hanchett will lead a tour of the museum and will discuss the growth of Charlotte as a regional market town and rail center after the war and will explore how prominent Charlotte businessmen such as Daniel Augustus Tompkins, worked to “grow” their town. He’ll conclude with a lecture exploring how Charlotte, like other New South urban areas, was transformed into a segregated town around the turn of the century.

5:30 Dinner in Charlotte at Zink (201 North Tryon Street--roughly two blocks from the museum)

Return to Elon       

Tom Hanchett, The Growth of Charlotte
at or read chapter 1 and 2 of Hanchett's Sorting Out the New South City: Race, Class and Urban Development in Charlotte, 1875-1975.

Henry Grady, “Bay State Club Address” p. 199-207 at

Day 4—Wednesday (July 14 or July 28)   Building a Textile Center: the Mill Men of Alamance

9:00-10:00 The Holt family and the industrialization of Alamance County,”  Dr. Bess Beatty    Lindner 206

Dr. Beatty will discuss the role of the Holt family in building the textile industry in Burlington and will place the Holts and Burlington in the broader context of industrialization in the Piedmont region.

10:00-10:15   Discusson 

10:30 Leave for Alamance Museum

10:45-12:00 Holt house tour

12:15-1:00 Lunch at Hursey's Barbecue

1:30-2:45 Tour of Glencoe Mill community and museum

Return to Elon

3:30-  Workshop II (July 25-31) participants will meet briefly with Doug Arnold at 3:30. Doug is Senior Program Officer in the Division of Education Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities and is visiting our workshop.

Dinner on your own

Bess Beatty
, Alamance: The Holt Family and Industrialization in a North Carolina County, 1837–1900

Day 5—Thursday  (July 15 or July 29)  Mill Workers and Their Culture

8:30 Leave by bus, parking lot besides the Colonnades (off O'Kelly Ave.) to board bus. Travel to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

9:30-10:30 Mill workers and their culture,” Dr. James Leloudis

10:30-10:45  Discussion with Dr. Leloudis

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-11:45  “Wilson and Davis Library Collections” Collection staff

11:45-1:00 Lunch (On your own on campus or in town on Franklin St. Franklin St. is a ten minute walk.)

1:00-5:00  Research in UNC libraries

   Assemble in front of Wilson to go to dinner at Top of the Hill (We'll probably walk to the restaurant--corner of Franklin and Columbia; entrance on Columbia. The restaurant is on the third floor.))

5:30-6:45 Dinner

7:00 Assemble at Wilson to prepare to return to Elon

Jacquelyn Hall, James Leloudis, et al, Like a Family: The Making of a Cotton Mill World
“Icy Norman Interview,” Southern Historical Collection
“Earl Councilman Interview,” Glencoe Research Forum (click on "Memories")

Day 6—Friday  (July 16 or July 30) Against the New South Tide: Populism and Unionism

9:00-10:15 “The Small Farmers Revolt: Populism in North Carolina,” Dr. Jim Bissett  Lindner 206
Small farmers and tenants across the South, especially in the Piedmont, participated in the Populist movement in the 1880s and 1890s, a movement that challenged the New South vision of an expanding, competitive market society and offered  an alternative vision. Dr. Bissett will discuss this movement and focus on it’s impact on the Piedmont.  He'll conclude by leading seminar participants in a discussion of the Populist vision's strengths and limitations.

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:45 “Customary rights and early attempts to form unions” Dr. Janet C. Irons     Lindner 206
Dr. Irons will talk about how textile workers’ defined their rights on the job and attempted to exercise some degree of power over their work lives. She’ll also talk about the largely unsuccessful efforts to organize unions at the turn of the 20th century. She'll conclude by leading seminar participants in a discussion of the union movement's impact on industry in the South.

12:00-1:00  Lunch on your own

1:00-5:30 Work on projects

On the union movement, read Janet Irons, Testing the New Deal: The General Textile Strike of 1934, Chap. 1, "Customary Rights," at
On the Populist movement read North Carolina Digital History: North Carolina in the New South,
chapters 1 (“Changes in Agriculture”) and 7 (“Politics and Populism”) at

Dinner on your own

Day 7—Saturday   (July 17 or July 31) Presentations by Participants

9:00-10:30 Participants will discuss their research or their course modules in brief presentations  Lindner 206

10:30-10:45   Break

10:45-11:30 Finish presentations and group discussion

11:30  Evaluation of Workshop

11:45   Check out (for those staying in the Colonnades)