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Brown Lung Cotton Mill Blues [coll] – [June Appal Recordings]

aarbor   10/13/2021   12-inch, Country

A history in song of the white (Southern) cotton mill workers and the mills they worked in. Brown Lung Cotton Mill Blues started at the end of the Civil War. Black people were excluded. Instead poor whites and especially women and children worked in these mills. Promises made by mill owners about schooling, good pay and realistic hours were broken. It was a tough life and the conditions were unsanitary, leading to TB. brown lung and other complaints. The workers unionized and had strikes in the 1920s and ’30s which eventually gained the attention of leaders like President Franklin Roosevelt. The music is largely Appalachian Southern song style with guitar, banjo and mandolin accompaniment. Learn the history you never learned in school through these songs. AArbor

you heard it 15 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 133 days ago, Sally Goodin played Hard Times Cotton Mill Girls
  • 237 days ago, Ras Babo played Got a Union In The Country
  • 238 days ago, dr doug played Gonna Go to Work On Monday One More Time
  • 239 days ago, Lucky Jae played Brown Lung Blues
  • 251 days ago, Dusty Rhodes played Let Them Wear Their Watches Fine
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