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Archive for March, 2011

This week’s speculation over the identity of Clyde Hoey (and a camera-shy Harry Truman?) brought to mind shorpy.com, “a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s” (’60s, actually). Some are familiar (Lewis Hine, Dorothea Lange), but others may surprise. Some North Carolina examples: — Petersburg provost marshal’s office, 1864 […]

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I could use your help identifying the notable North Carolinian in this photo. The man at left looks awfully familiar — I’m pretty certain it’s a governor from the early to mid 20th century. Before I start to dig around on my own, I thought I’d turn to the collective wisdom of the North Carolina […]

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“Just after one midnight last week 200 masked men drove up to the Edgecombe County jail in Tarboro, N. C., gained admittance by pretending they brought a prisoner. Silently they drew revolvers, covered the deputy sheriff, brought out Negro Oliver Moore, 35, who was being held for trial in September on a charge of attacking […]

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– The case against pardoning Gov. Holden. — How “Chicken” Stephens was named and claimed. — Pine, ‘shine and the decline of Buffalo City. — Avett Brothers on Flatt and Scruggs: “We wouldn’t even recognize their music.” — Mary Ann McQueen, Lucy Bryant and the tangled skein of racial identify.

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“The London-based Society [for the Propagation of the Gospel] sent the first missionary to North Carolina in 1704, John Blair, a graduate of Glasgow College. On his arrival in the province he observed that the population was ‘exceedingly scattered’ and the people ‘backward in religious matters and little disposed to assist in the support of […]

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– Was the Civil War avoidable? Maybe if Lincoln had listened to John Gilmer…. — Exactly when were those “Greetings from Raleigh”? — Outer Banks overdevelopment: doing the job nuclear weapons didn’t? — Before Dino De Laurentiis there was… Mabel Evans Jones. — Today’s health tip: Don’t eat snot otters.

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“The [Rolling Stones' 1965] tour continued successfully through Baltimore, Knoxville and Charlotte, where [photographer] Gered Mankowitz and [drummer] Charlie Watts were beaten up in the hotel coffee bar by a little old lady with an umbrella, who looked exactly like Granny Clampett of ‘The Beverly Hillbillies.’ She’d taken a dislike to them because of the […]

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Like Charlie Brown forever believing this time Lucy won’t snatch away the football, we Charlotteans always expect our latest civic triumph to hammer our identity deep into the national consciousness. Big banks, NBA (twice!), NFL, Final Four, NASCAR Hall of Fame…. But before Charlotte was chosen to host the next Democratic National Convention, early returns […]

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The devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan sent us into the annals of North Caroliniana searching for tales of tremors in the Tar Heel state. There we found the story of Rumbling Bald Mountain, a series of tremors in 1874 that led locals to fear a volcano and drew the attention (and skepticism) of the […]

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“For [antebellum] Southern critics the notion of locking up white men and making them toil amounted to an intolerable inversion of a divinely ordained social hierarchy. ‘Under the Penitentiary system, the free-born citizen is made to labor directly under the lash as a slave,’ fulminated a North Carolina commentator in 1846. ‘Is this not worse […]

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