Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Legacy Department


Committee Member

Dr. H. Roger Grant, Committee Chair

Committee Member

Dr. Rod Andrew

Committee Member

Dr. Alan Grubb


This case study of Clifton Manufacturing Company demonstrates the keenness of northern entrepreneurs who saw manufacturing opportunities in the American South. This involved taking advantage of water power, their commitment to make manufacturing thrive, and a manifestation of a new civic spirit to achieve prosperity. Moreover, these men of vision survived longer financially than most others in Upstate South Carolina. This study also analyzes the factors that led to the establishment and the development of the textile industry in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The industrial shift that occurred in Spartanburg County witnessed the formation of Clifton Manufacturing and its evolution into a thriving mill town.