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Archive for December, 2010

“Far away, it seems now, on the winter prairie of Dakota I was impelled with the desire to read again for my own enjoyment Charles Dickens’ immortal ghost story, A Christmas Carol. Fresh from Harvard, I was then a very young instructor at the State University of North Dakota. That was twenty-five years ago, although […]

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George Plimpton: What about Thomas Wolfe? Did he float into your consciousness at all? Tom Wolfe: Yes, he did. I can remember that on the shelves at home there were…  Look Homeward Angel and Of Time and the River. Of Time and the River had just come out [in 1935] when I [at age 4] […]

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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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Waiting On Elvis, 1956 This place up in Charlotte called Chuck’s where I used to waitress and who came in one night but Elvis and some of his friends before his concert at the Arena, I was twenty-six married but still waiting tables and we got to joking around like you do, and he was […]

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In what four areas of North Carolina is the population at least 10 percent foreign-born? What county is 63 percent black? What county is the most Hispanic? Eyeball the answers on these new  census-derived maps from the New York Times. (Type “North Carolina” in the search box.)

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On this day in 1930: Fay Gardner, wife of Gov. O. Max Gardner writes in her diary about the worsening Depression: “A run made today on Commercial Bank here in Raleigh, also on the 1st National at Gastonia. Everybody losing confidence and becoming panic-stricken.” The next day’s entry notes that “eleven banks closed their doors […]

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As we head into the heart of the basketball season, take a minute to explore some photos from North Carolina’s basketball heritage in a new slideshow available on DigitalNC.org.

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“Voit Gilmore, 20… began working last summer to get the foremost U. S. political orator of the age down to Chapel Hill to address [the nonpartisan, undergraduate Carolina Political Union], which prides itself on paying no honorariums and on cross-questioning its speakers when they are through. “In October he drove up to Washington, following a […]

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– The case against sweet tea. — Using hammer and chisel to reveal the USS Monitor. — Blue Ridge Parkway: magnet for suicides? — Earl Scruggs back on stage in Shelby.

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“Henry McNeal Turner, chaplain of a black regiment, described a scene in May 1865, as African American troops marched with the victorious Union armies through North Carolina. Leaving Raleigh, Turner’s regiment reached the town of Smithfield, where they encountered a burned bridge and no other way to cross a river than to remove their clothes […]

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