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Lu Ann Jones
East Carolina University (Greenville, NC 27858-5235)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2004 – 8/31/2004

DuPont Comes to Tobacco Road: Industrialization in the Postwar South

I seek NEH support to work on a case study of "second wave" industrialization in the American South after World War II. Specifically, I plan to conduct 25-30 oral history interviews with retired workers, managers and community leaders to explore how a branch plant of the DuPont corporation shaped the rural economy and culture of eastern North Carolina. This project is part of a book-length study that contributes to the historical scholarship on economic development, capital mobility, the growth of consumer culture, and labor, gender, and race relations.