Oral Histories of Colombian Textile Workers in Greenville, SC

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Lauren Abaunza; Natalia Baldwin; Sofía Kearns


Lauren Abaunza; Natalia Baldwin; Sofía Kearns


Video interview with Elsie Alvarez. Elsie Alvarez is from Medellín. Her father was recruited to work in the textile industry in the United States, and he brought Elsie and her family to Greenvile, SC, in 1975. In this oral history, Elsie describes how she came to the United States and her work in the textile mills. She talks about her family and work, as well as their social life, and leisure activities during her time in the textile industry. She speaks about her family ties to Colombia, and compares the textile industry in Colombia to the industry in Greenville, SC. Elsie also talks about the modernization of the textile industry over the years.

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Faculty Scholarship, Student Scholarship




Greenville (S.C)


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Elsie Alvarez