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Threads of Victory: Upcountry South Carolina during World War II



The Upstate played an important role during WWII, from the military to the home front. While nearly every city and town in America was impacted by this war, the textile mills in this area had high numbers of government contracts. Greenville and the surrounding areas, then known as the textile capital of the world, dyed fabric khaki for military uniforms, made strapping, created bedding for nearly all branches of the military and made mattress covers for the Navy that doubled as flotation devices. Produced by Dr. Courtney Tollison and Don Koonce.

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