History of Textile Industry in NW Georgia to Be Bandy Symposium Topic

Susan Werner
Dr. Douglas Flamming

A trio of scholar/authors will speak on the evolution of the textile industry in this region at the 2011 Symposium on Northwest Georgia History, sponsored by The Bandy Heritage Center for Northwest Georgia.

The symposium, “Threads of the Past: The Textile Industry in Northwest Georgia,” will be held Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Room 105 of The James E. Brown Center at the north end of the Dalton State College Campus. The symposium is free and open to the public; seating is first-come, first-served.

Featured speakers include Dr. Douglas Flamming, Professor of History, School of History, Technology, and Society at Georgia Institute of Technology; Dr. Randy Patton, Professor of History and Shaw Industries Distinguished Chair at Kennesaw State University, and Dr. Tom Deaton, Professor Emeritus of Social Sciences, Dalton State College.

Susan Werner
Dr. Randy Patton

Dr. Flamming will speak on “When Crown Was King: A Look Back at the Crown Cotton Mills of Dalton, Georgia.” Dr. Flamming earned his PhD from Vanderbilt University in 1988 and specializes in the history of modern America. His first book, Creating the Modern South: Millhands and Managers in Dalton, Georgia 1884-1984, won the Philip Taft Labor History Prize in 1992. His second book, Bound for Freedom: Black Los Angeles in Jim Crow America, was published by the University of California Press in 2005 and his third book, African Americans in the West, was published in 2009. He is currently researching a book on the American South during the Vietnam War era.

Dr. Patton specializes in US business and economic history, Georgia history, and the history of the New South. He has published two books, Carpet Capital: The Rise of a New South Industry (with David B. Parker), 1999, and Shaw Industries: A History, published in 2002. His current projects include the upcoming Enterprise in a New South. Dr. Patton received his PhD from the University of Georgia.

Susan Werner
Dr. Tom Deaton

Dr. Deaton, who earned his PhD in 1969 from the University of Georgia, is the author of Bedspreads to Broadloom: The Story of the Tufted Carpet Industry, which is currently in its seventh printing. He is also the author of Dalton, A History, published in 2008 and co-author of Nueva Frontera: Latino Immigration in Dalton, Georgia, published in 2009. Dr. Deaton’s area of specialization is US and world history as well as political science.
The half-day symposium concludes the Bandy Center’s program year. This year’s features have included five lectures in the 2nd Annual Civil War Western Theater Lecture Series which concentrated on events leading up to Civil War and the first year of war in Georgia, and four lectures in the Dicksie Bradley Bandy Memorial Series which focused on the contributions of women to the state’s textile industry. 

For information about the symposium, or any aspect of the Bandy Heritage Center for Northwest Georgia, please contact Heather Shores at 706-272-4452 or hshores@daltonstate.edu.
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