Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Josephine Wallace]
West Durham Cotton Mill
West Durham, N. C.
July 5, 1938
I. L. M.
If you should meet Josephine Wallace you would more than likely say to yourself, “With a little more 'finish' she'd be a good-looking woman.” She has a high forehead, well-shaped nose and mouth, and nice blue eyes. She keeps abreast of the styles—perhaps a little too well—and she is never without a permanent wave. Although she has worked in a cotton mill a good part of her life she does not look more than her forty years.
The ambition of Josephine's life is to keep her five children, more particularly her two daughters, out of the mill. She does not mind the hard work she does each day because it is to provide advantages for her children. She is making seventeen dollars a week and her husband twenty-two. They apparently dread the impending wage out more than some families of lesser means because they hate to curtail in any measure the standard of living they have worked out for their family.
If you should go to the Wallace home in all probability you would be greeted by one of Josephine's neatly dressed and well-mannered children who would enter into conversation with you as soon as you were both seated in the living-room. The living room is a cheerful, homey place despite the misapplication of color and the lack of taste in choice of ornaments. The door prop is a big china cat which curls itself in indolent laziness and