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Earlier this week I recalled some favorite quotes from North Carolina legislators. A few more dug from the same drawer: “A good day’s pay for a decent salary — I believe in that.” — Rep. Dan Lilley, D-Lenoir, sharing his thoughts on the work ethic (1981) “Walking tackle boxes.” — Rep. Frank Mitchell, R-Iredell, viewing […]

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“Next Day, about 10 a Clock, we struck out of the Way, by the Advice of our Old Indian. We had not gone past two Miles, e’er we met with about 500 Tuskeruros in one Hunting-Quarter. They had made themselves Streets of Houses, built with Pine-Bark, not with round Tops, as they commonly use, but […]

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No matter what the economic climate, work-study programs have historically helped students attend UNC. Clyde Morris Roberts of Marshall, North Carolina graduated with a degree in education in 1931 after having worked as a Student Salesman with the Delineator College Scholarship Plan. The Gallery recently received some items belonging to Roberts, including the September Artifact […]

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“Educators are in thrall to their athletic departments because of these television riches and because they respect the political furies that can burst from a locker room. ‘There‚Äôs fear,’ [Bill] Friday told me when I visited him on the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill last fall. As we spoke, two giant construction […]

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Quick. Name the first newspaper in North Carolina. How about the second? And the third? If you’re stuck, the folks at Stanford University’s Bill Lane Center for the American West have provided a tool to help you. They created a data visualization of the growth of newspapers across the U.S. from 1690 to 2011. Drag […]

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“In my opinion, the way I see it, and I heard it all back then, there was bluegrass before Bill Monroe ever got into bluegrass. There are several tunes we recorded where the banjo sounds like bluegrass. The Morris Brothers also were playin’ like that. “Bill Monroe wasn’t doin’ any good, let me tell you, […]

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“Throughout the 18th century, most Euro-American intellectuals had believed that humans were a unified species and that differences in environment accounted for both physical and cultural variance among people. “As early as 1811, however, a North Carolina doctor named Charles Caldwell rejected that theory, proposing instead a natural hierarchy of the races. The developing pseudoscience […]

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“As representatives of 71,000 North Carolina tobacco growers met last week in Raleigh’s Sir Walter Hotel, they filled the air with their troubles as well as tobacco smoke. “Some tobaccomen thought the blame for the slowdown [in cigarette consumption] should be put on the cigarette companies, and especially the new filter cigarette publicity. Cried Grower-Warehouseman […]

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The State Library of North Carolina has digitized and uploaded a number of Civil War related publications (both state documents and publications by the NC Confederate Centennial Commission) to the NC Digital Collections. Bloody Sixth: the Sixth North Carolina Regiment http://digital.ncdcr.gov/u?/p249901coll22,284870 Bloody Sixth: the Sixth North Carolina Regiment: Footnotes http://digital.ncdcr.gov/u?/p249901coll22,285391 Register of North Carolina troops, […]

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Once again the General Assembly takes the floor, and once again we can expect the ensuing somnolence to be relieved by intermittent bursts of rhetorical excess. Three favorites from past sessions: — Opposing a 2006 ethics bill that would cut back legislators’ take from lobbyists, Rep. Drew Saunders, D-Mecklenburg, argued that “Even the baby Jesus […]

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