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The Struggle For Workers Rights In The 1970s South

Black and White photograph of Workers Marching in Roanoke Rapids
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In the 1970s, the small town of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina was dominated by the J.P. Stevens textile mills, which controlled many aspects of its workers' lives. 

A coalition made up of workers from different races, genders and religious backgrounds came together and won the right to a union. Host Frank Stasio talks about their historic unionization efforts with Joey Fink, a PhD. candidate in History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

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Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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