A History of South Raleigh’s Mill Village Neighborhood, 1891 to Today

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The Caraleigh neighborhood in south Raleigh was founded in 1892 with the opening of a cotton mill, fertilizer plant and worker’s town. The old textile complex, with its “immense” brick structures that continue to emanate a strong impression of a bygone period, is the community’s focal point as of 2020, leading some to worry that Caraleigh’s modernized structure conceals dark secrets. Cotton mills were at the heart of the South’s frenzied pursuit of the defeated Confederacy’s economic and psychological regeneration between 1880 and 1915. As Raleigh’s greatest textile venture, Caraleigh itself was founded by a group of cotton investors.
The origins of Raleigh’s north-south divide can be seen in many economic, psychological, social and political perils. While the Downtown South project promises a bright future for Raleigh in 2020, a close examination of the city’s economic and social stratification in the past reveals the city’s unequal economic and social stratification, resulting in an affluent north Raleigh and a pauperized “south Raleigh ghetto.” This work illuminates previously unrecognized aspects of Raleigh’s history, namely how an outskirt neighborhood shaped the city’s development during the twentieth century.

About the Author(s)

Steven A. Hill has taught history and Latin for over two decades in North Carolina public schools, as well as for East Carolina University, Pitt Community College, and the United States Navy. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

Steven A. Hill
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 70 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8738-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4678-7
Imprint: McFarland