Billings disputes the assumption that an incipient merchant class
built the state's cotton mills; he reveals that a majority of the
early mills was owned by prominent planters and agrarians. He shows
the persistent hegemony and support for industrialization among the
landed upper class and describes several generations of five
powerful North Carolina families who spread plantation paternalism
to the mill-village system. Billings compares this with similar
cases in Germany and Japan.
A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press Enduring Editions use the
latest in digital technology to make available again books from our
distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These
editions are published unaltered from the original, and are
presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both
historical and cultural value.