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This postcard was recently added to our North Carolina Postcards online collection. Although the title reads,”Pea Picking Near Goldsboro, N.C.,” at least one North Carolina Collection staffer (hint: a proud Haligonian) thinks the pictured individuals are actually picking digging or, maybe, dusting peanuts. The foliage of pea and peanut plants is similar so we can’t […]

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“Am now rooming [at Duke] with Art Katz of Memphis and Claude Kirk of Montgomery, Ala. Both are transfers from Emory, and they’re good guys.” – Letter from William Styron to his father, March 12, 1944 “[Florida Gov. Claude Kirk] rises to the challenge, occasionally with a fine and almost classic use of the language… […]

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In 1949 the 150th anniversary of Conrad Reed’s discovery of a 17-pound nugget in Little Meadow Creek — which predated the California gold rush by half a century — was celebrated locally with pride and enthusiasm. Events in Concord included an outdoor drama, a beard-growing contest, a Miss Cabarrus Gold pageant, an air show, a […]

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Today’s assignment is to compare and contrast. The images above are portions of fire insurance maps depicting Carrboro. The top one is a 1915 map produced by the Sanborn Fire Insurance Company. The other is a 1947 map produced by Associated Factory Mutual Fire Insurance Companies. The full maps are included on North Carolina Maps. […]

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“When blacks disobeyed orders, in contrast [to whites], they were punished severely. In July 1918, B company of the 328th Labor Battalion downed tools after cutting wood for several days without rations in the Pisgah National Forest of North Carolina. Two white officers, with one gun and 18 bullets, faced 300 disgruntled draftees. “Excuses were […]

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More phrase-frequency charts from Google Books Ngram Reader: — mountain dew vs. Mountain Dew — Michael Jordan vs. Thomas Wolfe, Andy Griffith and Sam Ervin — Lumbee Indians vs. Catawba Indians — Wilmington 10 vs. Chicago Seven — Charlotte Hornets vs. Charlotte Bobcats

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“Harvey Jones is a young Negro Navy veteran who grows peanuts on 18 acres his father owns near Ahoskie, N.C. Two months ago Harvey was approached by a white man selling lottery tickets for a 1947 Cadillac. A good Southern Negro, Harvey asked if  ‘anyone’ could get in. The man said yes. Harvey bought a […]

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“Communities in Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia watched as huge crowds of local blacks gathered at railroad stations to await transportation to the Mississippi Delta, the Louisiana rice or sugar fields, or the turpentine camps of the piney woods. ” ‘At the depot an interesting spectacle presented itself in the huge mass of luggage piled […]

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“One way to handle stereotypes about Southerners was to stop acting Southern….Sociologist Lewis Killian interviewed a young woman in the late 1940s who had successfully dropped her Southern accent and spoke Northern, at least most of the time. ” ‘When I went to Columbus, Ohio, from North Carolina, they called me … hillbilly, stumpjumper and […]

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The cable network C-SPAN will be featuring the history and literature of Charlotte this weekend. One of their Local Content Vehicles was in Charlotte a few weeks ago, and seems to have made the rounds, visiting libraries, bookstores, historic sites, and talking to local authors. Get a sneak preview online at http://www.c-span.org/LocalContent/Charlotte/. Among many other […]

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