Textiles, Teachers, and Troops


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Digital resources on the history of textiles, education, and military life in Greensboro

Textiles, Teachers, and Troops makes available more than 175,000 digital images documenting the social and cultural development of Greensboro from Reconstruction to World War II.

Photos, books, personal papers, scrapbooks, and oral histories demonstrate how the textile industry, education, and the massive World War II military presence helped Greensboro grow into one of the leading manufacturing and education centers in the Southeast.

Textiles, Teachers, and Troops is a collaborative project among seven cultural heritage institutions in Greensboro and was funded in part through a Library Services and Technology Act Grant administered by the State Library of North Carolina.

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The textile industry has been a vital part of the growth of Greensboro and the North Carolina Piedmont.

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Greensboro has been dramatically affected by its educational institutions at the primary, secondary, and collegiate level.

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The role of the military, especially during World War II, has shaped Greensboro in dramatic ways.

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Everyday life changed dramatically in Greensboro between Reconstruction and World War II as the small town was transformed into a fast-growing city.

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Contextual Material

Essays and links to related material.

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