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Archive for July, 2009

Several new titles just added to “What’s New in the North Carolina Collection?” To see the full list simply click on the link in this entry or click on the “What’s New in the North Carolina Collection?” link under the heading “Pages” in the right column. As always, full citations for all the new titles […]

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Cataloging our collection’s North Carolina phone books provided a great education for me about some of our State’s interesting and unique town names. While trying to catalog a troublesome Rockingham County telephone book, whose title and name changes were causing me a great deal of head-scratching and temple rubbing, I unearthed a fun factoid concerning […]

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In 1889, Chatham County farm boy Clarence Poe, age 18, became editor of the Progressive Farmer, a struggling eight-page weekly in Raleigh. In an era when Southern agriculture still paid more heed to phases of the moon than to science, Poe, who had never finished high school, almost single-handedly popularized “book farming.” The Progressive Farmer grew […]

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Before we’ve wandered too far down the road from Michael Hill’s call for “major myths of North Carolina history” (June 19 Miscellany), let’s consider three myths that make up in stubbornness whatever they lack in size: “Pulitzer” for Lamar Stringfield, founder of N.C. Symphony Myth: “In 1928 his ‘From the Southern Mountains’ won the Pulitzer Prize for […]

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On this date in 1951, 23  Charlotte debutantes, “looking as gracious as any ante-bellum belles,” appear on the cover of Life magazine. Inside, Life devotes a four-page spread to Charlotte’s recent challenge to “the social supremacy” of Raleigh: “For many a decade an old social tradition has plagued North Carolina’s country belles: the only affair […]

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“The South is hypersensitive to criticism which emanates from the outside, and professional Defenders-of-the-South never fail to take advantage of every opportunity to aggravate this unfortunate psychopathic condition. “Symptomatic of this was the reaction which followed the remark by Frances Perkins that a ‘social revolution would take place if shoes were put on the people […]

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This advertisement postcard for a truck stop outside of Weldon, NC bills itself as one of the better truck stops, with clean restrooms and good food at reasonable prices. They also proudly proclaim: “We do not serve beer or wine – and we do not have a jukebox.”

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As I was shelving in the stacks a few days ago, I noticed the broadside below. Then, it hit me! To avoid the pitfalls, trials, and tribulations of our current recession, I’ll just buy a gold mine. I wonder…is this one still on the market? If I decide to follow through with this plan, I […]

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The beautiful cover of the above pamphlet, North Carolina: Conditions Conducive to Farming, Trucking, Fruit Growing, Stock Raising, etc., in the Old North State surfaced when I was searching for materials to use in the exhibit Cultivating “The Great Winter Garden”: Immigrant Colonies in Eastern North Carolina, 1866-1940. I didn’t include it in the exhibit, […]

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“Somebody once said, ‘A Yankee is worth a bale of cotton, and he’s easier to pick.’” John Shelton Reed, UNC Chapel Hill sociologist, speculating (in 2000) on the guiding principle behind the entertainment complex South of the Border.

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