"How Dalton Became the Carpet Capital of the World"
Presented by Dr. Douglas Flamming
When: January 26th, 2012
Where: Manufacturing Research Center @ GA Tech
813 Ferst Dr NW Atlanta, Georgia 30318
6:15 - 7:00PM: Presentation - "How Dalton Became the Carpet Capital of the World"
7:00 - 7:15PM: Wrap Up/Q&A
Dinner will be provided during the networking potion of the event. Please RSVP by Monday, January 23rd in order to reserve your spot at this event.
$10 for SME Members who preregister
$20 for Non-members
$5 for Full-Time Students
From the 1880s through the 1950s, Dalton, Georgia, was a typical southern cotton mill town – similar to hundreds of other little textile cities of the Southern upcountry. In the 1960s, Dixie’s textile industry began to falter and fail, leaving many towns to wither. Dalton’s cotton mills closed their gates forever during the 1960s. By then, however, Dalton had a new industry in town – a homegrown miracle: broadloom carpets. How did Dalton become the “Carpet Capital of the World”? Dr. Douglas Flamming, professor of history at Georgia Tech, will tell the tale, a fascinating story of southern entrepreneurship and regional transformation.
Dr. Douglas Flamming joined the School of History, Technology, and Society faculty as an Associate Professor in 1997 and was promoted to Full Professor in 2006. He earned his PhD in History from Vanderbilt University in 1987, taught briefly at Virginia Tech, and then joined the faculty of Caltech, where he taught for nine years. His research explores modern American society and politics, with an emphasis on labor relations and race relations. He teaches a wide variety of history courses at Georgia Tech, including The New South, The History of American Labor, and The Vietnam War. Flamming is the author of two books: Creating the Modern South: Millhands and Managers in Dalton, Georgia (University of North Carolina Press, 1992); and Bound for Freedom: Black Los Angeles in Jim Crow America (University of California Press, 2005).