Tyson Foods, Holly Farms, and the Rise of Big Chicken

Steve Striffler

in Migration and the Transformation of the Southern Workplace since 1945

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034034
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038261 | DOI:
Tyson Foods, Holly Farms, and the Rise of Big Chicken

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This chapter examines the impact that the migration of one company, specifically Tyson Foods, had on a community. It addresses the way the community of Wilkesboro, North Carolina, reacted to the merger of Holly Foods with Tyson Foods. It shows that as Tyson moved in so did an international low-wage labor force that many residents blamed for the migration of native residents and the disappearance of their community as they knew it.

Keywords: Tyson Foods; Holly Farms; migration; Wilkesboro; low-wage labor force; migrant labor

Chapter.  12355 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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