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“Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina have adopted similar policies to combat the migration of their Negro laborers to northern industrial centers. “At Greensboro, N. C., a Negro named Charles Hampton was fined $500 for ‘secretly enticing’ 10 Negro laborers to take the train for Harrisburg, Pa.” – From Time magazine, June 4, 1923 ” ‘Go […]

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“While black victims of the Klan had no hope of  justice, most white victims had little more. Indeed, ‘through fear or shame,’  few of the Klan’s white victims reported to legal authorities…. “A North Carolinian opponent of the Klan later explained that much of its support derived from a public consensus that the whites ‘they […]

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More phrase-frequency charts from those bustling bibliophiles at Google Books Ngram Reader: – Andy Griffith vs. Don Knotts and Ron Howard – Moonshine vs. NASCAR – Interstate 40 vs. Interstate 77, Interstate 85 and Interstate 95 – Moon Pie vs. sweet potato pie – Piltdown Man vs. Marlboro Man

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Think you can find this spot today? At least there are a few clues. Here’s what we do know. The photo above was likely taken in Guilford County by Mary Grace Canfield in the 1920s. Canfield (1864-1946) was born in the Connecticut Western Reserve (territory that is now a part of Ohio) and educated at […]

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“When President Eisenhower and Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery jocularly agreed that Generals Lee and Meade should have been ‘sacked’  for their blunders at Gettysburg, they committed themselves irrevocably to battle…. ” ‘President Eisenhower,’ sputtered the Shelby, N.C. Star, ‘must have lost his mind.’ “[But] the Raleigh, N.C. News and Observer argued that Lee’s own view […]

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  In a state with notoriously rough roads, the Nissen wagon — a lighter-duty counterpart of the Conestoga — played a crucial part in early production and distribution of tobacco. Founded in 1834, the Nissen Wagon Works grew to cover more than 600 acres in Winston-Salem’s Waughtown community. By 1919 it was turning out 50 […]

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[In 1967, American Nazi Party leader George Lincoln] Rockwell spoke at Wake Forest University, a North Carolina school with only 14 Jewish students…. The local Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith prepared by providing media and college officials  with background information on Rockwell, emphasizing his need for publicity. “[According to an account in the ADL Bulletin], […]

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“Dr. Sadao Ohmura [who removed his own appendix] certainly did not prove that Japanese are more dexterous than Westerners. “While in private practice in North Carolina several years ago, my father, Captain J. S. Brown Jr., U.S.N., also removed his own appendix. That, however, was only the preliminary. While aboard the U.S.S. Melville in England […]

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“For slaves in the tidewater regions of North Carolina and Virginia, the Great Dismal Swamp offered a refuge. In the North Carolina swamp counties of Camden and Currituck, a band of fugitives numbering between 500 and 600 made frequent raids on plantations and Confederate supply depots. “Frightened planters urged authorities to stop the raiders, but […]

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The ongoing revision of North Carolina’s Civil War talking points brings to mind the advice R.D.W. Connor, the state’s most prominent historian, gave editor Robert B. House in 1923 on how to put out the new North Carolina Historical Review: “Don’t let professional North Carolinians and professional Southerners ruin the quarterly with ‘patriotic’ articles… Make […]

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