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“The Supreme Court… decision in the Dred Scott case…  is the most important decision ever made by any Court in this country…. It fortifies as by a wall of brass the rights of the slaveholder in the States and in the common territories. “The idea of the abolitionists, that a slave is free as soon […]

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In ancient days they sought to build a high tower reaching to the skies, that should successfully withstand all storm and flood. The twentieth century steamship is the modern equivalent of the Tower of Babel. For, in her strength and mechanical skill, she defies the elements, and within her hospitable area promises to seafaring folk […]

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After 60 years as owners, the Sammons family plans to sell the Grove Park Inn to a private equity group. KSL Partners of Denver say they will spend $25 million on renovations in time for the inn’s 100th birthday in 2013. Along with guest rooms, the spa and the restaurant, the inn’s signature Great Hall […]

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“For the first time in the history of Greensboro, N.C. (pop. 73,703), a Negro took office last week as a member of the city council…. Though Greensboro is 23 percent Negro, Dr. William Milford Hampton, 38, got so many white votes that he didn’t even need the large majority he rolled up in the Negro […]

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“South of the Border… happened by accident. In 1949 the adjoining North Carolina county voted itself dry and [Alan] Schafer, the Miller beer distributor thereabouts, suddenly found himself long on stock and short on retailers. So he bought three acres on the state line, planted a pink 18- by 36-foot cinder-block shack there and called […]

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“With few exceptions the [Civil War] years passed without significant outbreaks. [One] epidemic, carried in by blockade runners, struck Wilmington, North Carolina, in 1862, taking almost 450 lives…An 1863 yellow fever attack on the Union army at New Bern was the worst; 700 soldiers lost their lives.” – From “Yellow Jack: How Yellow Fever Ravaged […]

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Worshipers and musicians will assemble early Sunday morning for the 240th Easter sunrise service in Old Salem. According to the Salem Congregation, the first Moravian sunrise celebration of Easter occurred in the town of Herrnhut in Saxony (now a part of Germany) in 1732. A group of men met in the town’s graveyard to sing […]

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From The Cane Creek Cookbook. From Dixie Dishes. From AsheVittles: Favorite Recipes from Asheville, North Carolina.

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The daffodils have been and gone, but the dogwoods are at their peak. This year yard signs for and against Amendment One are popping up like dandelions–a sign that the 2012 election season is not far off. Soon we should start seeing signs for the primaries in May. Who knows, the Republican presidential race may […]

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“North Carolina’s Governor Luther Hodges, a courtly textileman who came out of retirement to enter public life four years ago, likes to keep his books straight. Assured of re-election after romping through the May 26 primary with a record 401,082 votes, popular Democrat Hodges last week proceeded to clear up his accounts with a businesslike […]

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