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“More than any other British field commander, General Charles Cornwallis considered creating an army of former slaves. Although he ultimately rejected that course, during his drive through North Carolina Cornwallis transformed the black people who trailed his army into foraging units. “They did their work too well, and he ordered that ‘no Negroe shall be […]

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On this day in 1963: Jesse Helms, editorialist for Raleigh’s WRAL-TV, reacts to Harvey Gantt’s entrance into Clemson University: “He has stoutly resisted the pose of a conquering hero for the forces of integration. He simply wants, he says, to be an architect — and Clemson is the only college in South Carolina that can […]

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Several new titles just added to “New in the North Carolina Collection.” To see the full list simply click on the link in this entry or click on the “New in the North Carolina Collection” tab at the top of the page. As always, full citations for all the new titles can be found in […]

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“Curious crowds gathered in the hamlets and towns along the route [of Creek chieftain Alexander McGillivray, traveling from Georgia to New York in 1790 to negotiate a treaty with President Washington]. No incidents marred the journey, although many of the Carolina settlers had suffered from the forays of McGillivray’s warriors. “Indeed, at Guilford Courthouse, North […]

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“Some experts… believed that injected morphine was not addictive, though it was when taken orally. One North Carolina doctor told [researcher H.H.] Kane in 1880 in perfect innocence: ‘On one patient I have used the hypodermic needle between 2,500 and 3,000 times in a period of 18 months, and so far I see no signs […]

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Our colleagues at NCpedia remind us that today marks the 300th anniversary of the Carolina Proprietors’ official appointment of Edward Hyde as governor of the northern half of the Carolina province. As William S. Powell writes in North Carolina Through Four Centuries: Unhappy over the chaotic conditions in their province, the Lords Proprietors decided on […]

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Stephen Colbert isn’t alone in kissing off the noble concept of North Carolina’s state motto. “It is not…necessary for a prince to have all the above-named qualities,” Niccolo Machiavelli advised in “The Prince” (1532), “but it is very necessary to seem to have them.” And then there was Ferdinand Waldo Demara (1921-1982), who out of […]

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The ill-starred and ill-steered Costa Concordia was dominating cable news when this liftout quote on the back cover of the latest Windows grabbed my eye: “We can see the Yankee ships all the time. [T]he other day one came so close I could see the Captain….” Letter writer William Cain, 25th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, […]

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The Catholic Diocese of Raleigh plans to seek the beatification and canonization of Reverend Thomas Frederick Price, the first North Carolinian to become a Catholic priest. Born in Wilmington in 1860, Price joined the priesthood at the age of 26. From 1886 to 1910 he served Catholics in such eastern North Carolina towns and settlements […]

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“In the Colonial era, as in every era, natural history information was, in part,  passed along in what are known as travelers’ tales. These tales could be quite astonishing. “In one, John Brickell, an Irish physician living in North Carolina, described how bear cubs were initially lumps of white flesh, ‘void of form,’ and only […]

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