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A former student employee of the NC Collection (and occasional NCM blogger) emailed us about this one: Charlotte named “America’s Manliest City” Really? I’ve been to Charlotte many times and never really felt any manlier than I already do…though maybe it doesn’t rub off on you if you are just spending a few nights in […]

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“[Bascom Lamar Lunsford] turned out to be just the opposite of what I expected. He sings like an old mountain reprobate, full of glee and friendliness. He turned out to be a reactionary aristocrat. The first question he asked us was ‘Are you Communists?’ He claims that hundreds of Communists have been going around the […]

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Stone Walls

This ca. 1888 image shows one of the many stiles used to cross over the stone walls surrounding campus. The stone walls were constructed under the direction of Professor Elisha Mitchell in 1838 in an effort to enclose the campus and replace the rail fences currently in place. These walls were constructed in the New […]

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On this day in 1989: Richard Nixon, driven from office 15 years earlier by the Watergate scandal, addresses a fund-raiser for Gov. Jim Martin at Winston-Salem’s Benton Convention Center. It will be the 76-year-old Nixon’s final appearance in North Carolina, a state that twice gave him its presidential electoral votes. “When I was in Washington, […]

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“The railway [from Richmond] to Wilmington bears the reputation of being one of the very worst, if not the worst, in the United States. It had, however, been newly laid, and, save for a short distance on which the old timbers of the road were plainly to be felt, struck me as remarkably easy. “The […]

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– Might those be banana trees in the supposed photo of North Carolina slave children? – “We thought it was just a stick,” recalls the Draper woman who pulled an iron-tipped, 19th century bateau pole from the Dan River. – On the wish list of the revived and relocated North Carolina Music Hall of Fame […]

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As you may have heard, Greensboro native John Isner entered the record books today as one of the competitors in the longest match in professional tennis. Over the course of three days, Isner and Frenchman Nicholas Mahut slugged it out at Wimbledon for a grueling 11 hours 5 minutes. Their momentous achievement calls to mind […]

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“I wish that someone would lock [J.] Pierpont Morgan up for homicides already committed on his Southern roads…. One of my boys pulled out fourteen spikes with his fingers on a two mile stretch on the Atlantic Coast main line, in North Carolina…. You are going after the New Haven [Railroad] people right.” — California […]

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Cartoon placed by Democrats in the North Carolinian (Fayetteville), October, 10, 1840. This image is included in Dr. H. G. Jones’s North Carolina Illustrated and includes the following caption: “Martin Van Buren supporters countered with a cartoon portraying Whig symbols—log cabin, hard cider, and a raccoon mascot—as tricks to catch ‘honest’ Democrats.”

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“Booming war industries have already increased child labor….  During 1941 North Carolina issued 10,000 new labor certificates to 17- and 18-year-olds, 1,000 to 12-to-15-year-olds. ‘The situation,’ observed State Labor Commissioner F. H. Shuford, with a dead pan, ‘is as healthy as the war that brought it on.’ ” – From Time magazine, June 15, 1942

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