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by William S. Powell, 2006

See also: Textile Mill Villages, Life in; Textile Strike of 1934

"Stretch-out" was a term applied by textile mill workers when additional production quotas were applied by their supervisors after a previous quota had been met. The workers were pressured to increase production with little or no further incentive.


Jacquelyn Dowd Hall and others, Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World (1987).

Additional Resources:

Like and Family, Work and Protest, ibiblio: