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Linthead StompThe Creation of Country Music in the Piedmont South$
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Patrick Huber

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832257

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807886786_huber

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Cain'T Make a Living at a Cotton Mill Dave Mccarn

Cain'T Make a Living at a Cotton Mill Dave Mccarn

Dave Mccarn

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(p.162) 3 Cain'T Make a Living at a Cotton Mill Dave Mccarn
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Patrick Huber

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807886786_huber.7

This chapter focuses on Dave McCarn and how he found himself in Memphis, Tennessee in May 1930, six hundred miles from home and nearly flat broke. When the onset of the Great Depression threw him out of work, McCarn, a twenty-five-year-old Gastonia, North Carolina millhand, and his fourteen-year-old brother, Homer, joined tens of thousands of other unemployed workers wandering across the country in a desperate search for jobs. Hoboing out west, the McCarn brothers hopped freight trains and thumbed rides, slept in city parks, and picked up odd jobs wherever they could find them. After several weeks, with opportunities for work becoming ever scarcer and their pocket money running low, they decided to return home to North Carolina.

Keywords:   Dave McCarn, Memphis, Tennessee, Great Depression, millhand, Homer, North Carolina

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