Oral Histories of Colombian Textile Workers in Greenville, SC

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Estéfano Del Valle; Matt Connors; Sofía Kearns


Estéfano Del Valle; Matt Connors; Sofía Kearns


Video interview with Sara Quintana. Unlike many of the “pioneers,” Sara Quintana came to the U.S. in 1987, in a later wave of immigration from Colombia, propelled by the problems of insecurity and unemployment in the 1980 and 1990s in that country. She became a textile worker in Greenville, finding later employment in textile-related companies, mostly doing embroidery. Sara came to the U.S. to earn money for her daughter's college tuition, and she details her journey, and the different jobs she had in the textile industry. She talks about her co-workers, the working conditions and pay, the social life for Hispanics in the area, and she shares some funny stories. Sara concludes comparing Colombia and life in Greenville, and she reflects on her overall positive experience in South Carolina.

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Faculty Scholarship, Student Scholarship




Greenville (S.C)


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Sara Quintana