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“In the early 1860s, North Carolina Chief Justice Richmond Pearson denied the divorce petition of a woman who claimed her husband had horsewhipped her. He noted in his decision: ‘The law gives the husband power to use the degree of force necessary to make the wife behave and know her place.’ ” – From “Southern […]

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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 the 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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“For black political leaders, the Bible — the one book with which they could assume familiarity among their largely illiterate constituents — served as a point of reference for understanding public events. “When in 1870 North Carolina’s House impeached Gov. [W.W.] Holden, 17 black legislators issued an address that began: ‘Know ye that since the […]

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From AsheVittles: Favorite Recipes from Asheville, North Carolina. From The Charlotte Cookbook. From Carolina Cooking. From Buffet Benny’s Family Cookbook: Recipes, Stories & Poems from the Appalachian Mountains.

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It’s time for another round of “Can you guess this notable figure from their yearbook photo?” featuring images from the North Carolina Yearbooks collection on DigitalNC. Here you go: These two folks have a couple of things in common: both attended, but did not graduate from colleges in North Carolina, but their lack of a […]

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When the A Word A Day email service discussed “verbal fighting,” Ed Greer of Philadelphia responded: “When I was a kid in the 1960s, we did something we called ‘Carrboro fighting’ (Carrboro was the town on the other side of the railroad tracks). “You faced your opponent placing your right shoulder against his right shoulder, […]

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On this day in 1933: The State, a weekly magazine boosting North Carolina’s industries, tourist attractions and lifestyle, debuts in Raleigh. Publisher Carl Goerch, a New York native who becomes the state’s most tireless promoter, will sell out in 1951, but the magazine continues to be published, most recently as the monthly Our State.  

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To the United Brethren of Wachovia. Gentlmen, I am greatly indebted to your respectful and affectionate expressions of personal regard, and I am not less obliged by the patriotic sentiments contained in your address. From a society, whose governing principles are industry and the love of order, much may be expected towards the improvement and […]

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As the sun drops below the horizon tonight, more than 100 actors, singers, dancers and stage technicians will mount the opening night show for the 75th season of Paul Green’s award-winning drama The Lost Colony. The play premiered on Roanoke Island in the summer of 1937. The images featured here are from a prompt book […]

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“Reports linking the death rate from cancer with cigarette smoking were ridiculed this week by Donald C. Cooley, author of  ‘Smoke Without Fear,’ a 32-page booklet published by True Magazine. “Cooley, managing editor of Your Health and Your Life magazines, has one piece of advice to persons who enjoy smoking and who have been unsuccessful […]

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