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Archive for November, 2010

“Leonidas L.  Polk, president of the Southern Alliance and a former Confederate colonel, best expressed the white Alliance leadership’s perspective regarding…  the proposed cotton pickers’ strike. Not for one moment, he declared through his paper the Progressive Farmer, did he ‘hesitate to advise our farmers to leave their cotton in the field rather than pay […]

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The Wilson Special Collections Library will offer the community two lunchtime showings of Gridiron Glory on Friday, Nov. 19, at noon and 12:30 p.m., in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room. The archival film clips in Gridiron Glory feature highlights from Tar Heel football games past, including footage of football legends Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice and […]

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“Couple of times a year, Mother could be counted on to call me: ‘Frank, turn on the public TV! Bland’s on Bill Friday’s show!’ ” ‘Mother,’ I said, ‘who isn’t on Bill Friday’s show? Before he quits, Bill Friday will have interviewed every single person in the state. That’s why they call it “North Carolina […]

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– Secesh quote machine Catherine Ann Devereux Edmondston rips into her family for clinging to “the old striped rag.” — Auction house expects “rag” that flew above Fort Fisher to fetch 25 G’s. — Ah, to be a  black vulture in Pisgah National Forest.

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“The filter boom is doubly gratifying to manufacturers. Filter cigarettes sell for 2¢ to 10¢ a pack more than regulars, but cost less to produce. Chief reason: they use a low-grade, high-nicotine, heavy-bodied tobacco to get the taste through to the smoker…. “Manufacturers are also trimming tobacco bills by salvaging the stems and scraps they […]

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– Why General Stoneman went raiding in a buggy. — Spanish stone stackers restoring ancestors’ work on Blue Ridge Parkway. — Hank Williams Jr. revives Popcorn Sutton‘s moonshine recipe. — “If we submit now to Lincoln’s election, your homes will be visited by one of the most fearful and horrible butcheries that has cursed the […]

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“In an event unprecedented in the South, a Negro last month won North Carolina’s Mayflower Cup, awarded annually by the North Carolina Society of Mayflower Descendants, for the best book by a resident of the State. This year’s winner is 37-year-old J. Saunders Redding, professor of English literature and creative writing at Virginia’s Hampton Institute […]

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“Why does the Negro not emigrate? He has not a cent to emigrate with, and if he had, and desired to exercise that right, he would be arrested for debt, for nonfulfillment of contract, or be shot down like a dog in his tracks. “When Southern senators tell you they want to be rid of […]

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In honor of Veterans Day, let’s take a look back at North Carolina’s involvement in World War I: “North Carolinians and the Great War” “‘North Carolinians and the Great War’ examines how World War I shaped the lives of different North Carolinians on the battlefield and on the home front as well how the state […]

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– “It was actually the worst apple pie I ever had, and the coffee was only marginal.” — Haven’t tried the barbecue at Glenn’s, but I swoon over the neon pig. — All politics is local? Tip O’Neill, meet Danbury, N.C. — Brooklyn isn’t only borough with North Carolina namesake. — God Save the (Azalea Festival) […]

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