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Archive for April, 2010

William Bartram’s Legacy

This month, UNC’s Documenting the American South celebrates the birthday of naturalist and explorer William Bartram, who was born April 9, 1739, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Read more about Bartram at William Bartram’s Legacy.

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On this day in 1956: Bob Raiford, a disc jockey on Charlotte’s WBT, is fired for denouncing on the air the racial beating of Nat King Cole during a concert two days earlier in Birmingham, Ala.

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Death noted: Wilma Mankiller, chief of the Cherokee Nation from 1985 to 1995, at her home near Tahlequah, Okla. She was 64. Her 1993 autobiography, “Mankiller: A Chief and Her People,” includes this  genealogical aside: “My [Dutch-Irish] mother’s ancestry goes back to North Carolina, where her kinfolk from the Sitton side were some of the […]

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Who Am I?

Here’s your Friday afternoon fun…..do you recognize this person? Submit your answer as a comment to this post. If no one answers, I’ll start giving clues in the comment section.

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On this day in 1926: Babe Ruth visits Charlotte for a spring training exhibition and sets the town on its ear. Before the game he gives the local press a brief hotel-room interview. Reclining nude beneath a sheet and smoking a large cigar, he remarks on Southern women (“all they were cracked up to be”) […]

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Over the past few months we’ve been “re-highlighting” digital resources that can be found on the NC Collection’s website. Today’s feature is our “Civil War Image Portfolio,” which can be found at: http://www.lib.unc.edu/ncc/pcoll/civilwar/index.html. Images in the North Carolina Collection depicting the Civil War are from woodcuts, engravings, lithographs, and photographs. The overwhelming majority of these […]

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“By the end of the decade the polls  of the Congressional Hearing on the Repeal of the Prohibition Amendment presented overwhelming evidence that men and women students drank in a proportion close to two drinkers to every non-drinker….. At the University of North Carolina, of the 944 students who voted, 67 percent admitted drinking to […]

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For some it is the pinnacle of the church calendar…for others it is a chance for an early beach trip. For children it may be all about the candy, but for our state legislators in the early 20th century, it may have been about the baseball game. For over fifty years (1935-1987), the Monday after […]

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The advertisement above claims that these books should be in the library of every North Carolinian. Well, I can imagine that the vast majority of our state’s fine citizens do not have these titles in their personal library (I know I don’t), but I can assure you that the North Carolina Collection does. I’m including […]

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“Anthony Stokes [a Loyalist refugee from Georgia in 1783] spoke for many when he wrote of ‘a swarm of men’ he called ‘Crackers,’ who were overrunning western Virginia and North Carolina. ‘Many of these people are descended from convicts that were transported from Great Britain to Virginia at different times and inherit so much profligacy […]

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