K.001.002. Southern Communities: Coastal Carolina Project

Coastal Carolina interviews focus on North Carolina counties where World War II defense industries and military bases sparked rapid and unprecedented change. The coast with its sharecroppers, small farmers, fishing villages, and timber camps, was transformed as thousands of civilian workers poured into industry, and skilled occupations were available to women and African Americans for the first time. The project "World War II and After: Memory, Community, and Social Change in Coastal North Carolina," marked the 50th anniversary of World War II and focused on North Carolina counties where defense industries and three of the nation's largest military bases sparked rapid and unprecedented change in the once isolated and self-sufficient coastal communities.

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