“Go Ahead and Do Harm”:

Charles J. Holden

in The New Southern University

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134383
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135960 | DOI:
“Go Ahead and Do Harm”:

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This chapter explores how in the 1920s the state's textile mill ownership had begun taking a dim view of the UNC's scholarly projects, especially those coming from the new Institute of Research in Social Science (IRSS). Identifying the deplorable working and living conditions of textile workers as a problem, university researchers hoped to find solutions. Spokesmen for the state's textile leadership disputed the university's freedom to conduct research into their industry. To them, the university's modern mission of service through expertise was nothing more than an invitation for radicalism to infiltrate the South. Despite the resistance of the state's business elite, by the end of the 1920s university leaders had successfully established academic freedom as a core value of the institution and, in all, generated broad support for the UNC's pursuit of its modern mission.

Keywords: labor relations; textile industry; sociology; southern industry; academic freedom

Chapter.  9778 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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