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More phrase-frequency charts from Google Books Ngram Reader: — Chapel Hill vs. Raleigh and Durham — Variety Vacationland. Tourism promotion not a priority during World War II? — Billy Graham vs. Jim Bakker. No contest, even during the glory run of PTL. — North Carolina vs. South Carolina. South Carolina’s spike in the early 1700s […]

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“At the time I was making a reputation… I couldn’t go South…. “Greenville was a nice little country town… It became a university place  later, but it was not a place I could take my family. That’s a terrible thing to live with… and I guess John [Coltrane] and [Thelonious] Monk experienced some of the […]

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– Never the twain shall meet — except in the Barbecue Battle Box. — Appalachia without “feisty Grannies.” — Artist’s scissors await donated  Confederate flags. — iPhone tosses lifeline to Cherokee language. — Bamboo pickles no longer a Wilkes County secret. — Wilmington welcomes  “Blue Velvet” reunion. — “We’re not a secret society. We’re a […]

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“[In 1969] Merle Haggard…. introduced the newly penned composition to a live audience at the noncommissioned officers club in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. ‘It was a small club and the audience had been exceptionally dead,’ Haggard later told a reporter. ‘But then we sang “Okie,” and the whole place went berserk’…. “Besieged, Haggard stiffened…. Within […]

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“[North Carolina’s Josiah] Bailey became the first Southern senator to outline what he perceived as a dangerous aspect of the [1937] antilynching measure…. To him, it  represented the vanguard of a much larger movement aimed at dismantling Southern society. ” ‘I fear it, I dread it, I fight it, I argue against it because I […]

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“The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston-Salem, N.C., has focused for a few years on expanding its holdings of antiques from the western edge of the Southeast. In October the museum set an auction record for Kentucky pottery: at Case Antiques in Knoxville, Tenn., it spent $55,200 on an eight-gallon butter churn [scroll […]

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“If Harry Truman ever had a faithful Boswell, he was Jonathan Daniels, the even-voiced editor of the Raleigh, N.C. News & Observer (circ. 113,277). Daniels, briefly Truman’s press secretary in 1945, was always welcomed at the White House as a friendly reporter. The President read, and edited in galley proof, large chunks of Daniels’  ‘The […]

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“Sen. Sam Ervin found much to criticize in Gov. George Wallace’s [1963 ‘schoolhouse door’] face-off with the Justice Department, arguing that ‘such conduct seriously handicaps Southern senators in the fight against civil rights bills.’ “Nonetheless, Ervin, who had staked out a hardline position on integration early in his career, chose to keep these sentiments private. […]

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– In Winston-Salem the first rough draft of history gets ever rougher. Cue the bagpipes. — Literary world rocked by dispute over rights to “Me and My Likker.” — Synergistic centennial in Denton: Last of furniture stores that doubled as funeral parlors? — And it wouldn’t be Christmas in the Lower Cape Fear if you […]

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The Google Books Ngram Viewer may not be remembered as one of the 21st Century’s most useful (or statistically sophisticated) inventions, but the patterns revealed in its phrase-frequency charts can be addictively entertaining. For example: — Tar Heel vs. Tarheel — beef barbecue vs. pork barbecue — North Carolina football vs. North Carolina basketball — […]

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