Cottondale is an unincorporated community in Tuscaloosa County,Alabama, now encompassed in the eastern suburbs of Tuscaloosa. TheZIP Code is 35453. Alternative spellings include Cotton Dale,Kennedale, Kennidale and Konnidale.
Cottondale was the site of cotton mills where the Knights of Labor had some success in organizing drives in the late 1880s; and where "Mother" Jonesworked in 1904 while studying conditions for working women and children in the South.
"Little girls and boys, barefooted, walked up and down between the endless rows of spindles, reaching thin little hands into the machinery to repair snapped threads.... Tiny babies of six years old with faces of sixty did an eight-hour shift for ten cents a day.... The machines, built in the north, were built low for the hands of little children.
Cottondale was originally called Kennedale in honor of Joseph Kennedy, one of the owners of a local cotton mill. In 1876, the name was changed to Cottondale for the cotton mill.