Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Susan Gregg Gilmore

American-Made and the Nature of Community

A writer visits the real Tennessee shirt factory at the heart of her new historical novel

October 25, 2013 Wages for skilled cut-and-sew workers have risen faster than those of the average job, but young Americans aren’t interested in garment manufacturing. Experts say the work just isn’t glamorous enough to attract their attention. I wish some of them could have joined me recently when I spent an afternoon in an old shirt factory in Dunlap, Tennessee, about twenty miles northwest of Chattanooga.

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