Cotton Mill Girl by Flora Ann Scearce

CottonThis novel’s theme interested me because the cotton mills and mill villages played an important role in Greensboro history. The story is about a 12-year-old girl, Selena Wright, who has to leave school and start work in a cotton mill in Gastonia. We follow Selena to her job and to the boarding house where she lives. Although her mother is dead and her father is working in another town, she finds friends, masters her job, and begins to find fulfillment through writing poetry. Despite the challenges of her life, she continues to be brave, optimistic, and resourceful.

The book, set during the years from 1912 to 1918, gives an intriguing picture of life in the textile mills, the mill villages, and the boarding houses where many mill workers lived. Scearce based the novel on her own mother’s life.

(Helen Snow, Information Services)

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