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Archive for April, 2011

– The last word on Tar Heel Bread? — Philanthropic apples drop far from High Point tree. — Was Asheville really part of  Walt Disney‘s world? — Whistling’s “electric Dylan” moment. — Unlikely Confederates:  Sons of Chang and Eng. — One less drive-in movie, one more display lot for metal buildings and carports. — Wouldn’t  […]

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“Many draft officials themselves were hardly enthusiastic about having to force men into service…. Some suspected that dragging unwilling men from their dependent families did the Confederate cause more harm than good…. A North Carolina lieutenant assigned to enforce the draft wrote of the recruiting forays he made: ” ‘I witnessed scenes & compelled compliance […]

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This big.

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“Virtually forgotten today, Joseph C. Price was once internationally celebrated…. W. E. B. Du Bois, who as a  college student heard Price lecture in Boston’s Tremont Temple, pronounced him ‘the acknowledged orator of his day.’…. After Price’s untimely death at the age of 39, Frederick Douglass lamented that ‘the race has lost its ablest advocate.’… […]

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– A view thanks to Hugh. — “I wanted to put to rest…  the idea that there were no African-Americans in Western North Carolina.” — Halifax Resolves: a bottom-up declaration of independence. — “Likely the most architecturally ‘fun’ house in Durham.” — NPR joins mourning for Appalachian Cultural Museum.

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“…North Carolina’s claim to the highest number of Confederate dead has at times been a point of perverse pride for those whose hearts still cradle an ember or two from a bygone flame. That in itself seems slightly odd, at least from the perspective of George C. Scott’s famous observation in ‘Patton': No one ever […]

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– “Like no-one else’s, Mr. Taylor’s music distills a primal American yearning that can never be completely satisfied….” — Descendant adds color to “Arrangement in Black and White.” — “He will not be hanged until the mail train comes through tomorrow.” — Lost Cause was lost on W. J. Cash. — “We left Wilmington… to […]

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“In Wayne County, N. C., a depressed farmer cut off the rear end of his ‘disused’ automobile, fastened shafts to the axle, backed in a mule, went riding…. Soon the roads of eastern North Carolina were overrun with similar vehicles pulled by mules, horses, oxen, goats or a pair of husky boys. North Carolinians, many […]

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I’m glad that I’m not the only one that has ever been confused by this “phenomenon.” http://www.wral.com/lifestyles/travel/blogpost/9434106/

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Though the most celebrated, the Grove Park Inn wasn’t the final project of quinine magnate E. W. Grove.  In Swannanoa he created Grovement, a planned community ‘where people of moderate means can secure large lots at reasonable prices.’ ” According to this oral history, Grove envisioned “a neighborhood as close to his grandparents’ town in […]

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