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Stirring testimony in Raleigh yesterday from victims of the state’s eugenics program prompted us to dig into our stacks for vestiges of this shameful period in North Carolina history. The Human Betterment League of North Carolina was a voluntary organization founded in Winston-Salem in 1947. The group promoted eugenic sterilization and sought to educate the […]

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On this day in 1917: Boston Red Sox pitcher Babe Ruth, not yet a famous outfielder, walks the Washington Senators’ lead-off batter and is ejected from the game for arguing with the umpire. Ernie Shore, an East Bend native and Guilford College graduate, comes on in relief, the base runner is thrown out attempting to […]

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“Candace Wilkins, 27, of St. Albans [a middle-class neighborhood in Queens], who remains unemployed despite having a business degree, plans to move to Charlotte, N.C. “She said her decision was prompted by an altercation with the police. “In March 2010, witnesses say, Ms. Wilkins was thrown against a car by a white police officer after […]

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“When I first came to Charlotte [in 1941], I was the only poor Jew in town. I lived in drab bungalows whose siding often sprang for want of nails and there were occasions when I couldn’t meet the rent for my room in a semi-transient hotel whose curtains were stiff from a decade’s dirt. When […]

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The stables of Bennehan Cameron were legendary throughout the Southeast. At the death of his father in 1891, Cameron (1854-1925) inherited about 6,200 acres, which included the plantations of Stagville and Fairntosh in Orange and Durham counties. Although he helped organize the First National Bank of Durham and was an early advocate for good roads, […]

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What is it about North Carolina and Siamese twins? First came Chang and Eng (1811-1874), who were born in Siam, now Thailand, [corrected] and died in Surry County. Then Millie-Christine (1851-1912), who were born and died in Columbus County. Most recently British-born Daisy and Violet Hilton (1908-1969), who lived out their last years  weighing produce […]

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You may have noticed that North Carolina Miscellany took on a new look this morning. If not, then look up and to the side. You’ll see that the typography and images across the top of the page are a little different. And, we’ve got some new offerings down the right side of the page. As […]

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Here’s an interesting look at the education level of our state legislators: Forty-five percent of legislators have advanced degrees, 12 percent never went to college

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“About 30,000 jobs in Zambia’s textile industry have been lost in recent years, approximately the same number that have been lost during the same period in North Carolina…. “The fascinating twist… is that while North Carolina has lost its textile industry to low-wage workers from China, the African textile industry has lost to the high-wage […]

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“James Ferguson, a witness for the prosecution, told of finding a letter floating in the water near Morehead City, North Carolina. The letter was in cipher. A translation of the letter, addressed to ‘John’ and dated April 15, was read into the court record. “The letter makes coded references to killing Lincoln and others, including […]

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