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“In 1961, Miss North Carolina, Maria Beale Fletcher, was named Miss America. A former A-student in high school, Maria was also the daughter of professional dancers and had been a Rockette herself. After winning the title she expressed an interest in opening up a dancing school rather than going to college. The possibility so appalled […]

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Recipes for football season.

It’s football season in Chapel Hill which means tailgating and gameday parties.  Here are a few recipe ideas to take to your next pregame shindig. From Carolina Cooking. From Tarheels Cooking for Ronald’s Kids. From A Taste of The Old and The New. From High Hampton Hospitality. From The Charlotte Cookbook. From Carolina Cooking. From […]

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  “Multiple revisions of [Dan Emmett’s lyrics to “Dixie’] appeared during the war. Most of these were fairly predictable appeals to Southern nationalism, with titles such as ‘North Carolina Dixie’….”   — From “Battle Hymns: Music and the American Civil War” by Christian McWhirter (2012, UNC Press) ” ‘North Carolina Dixie’ “? I asked Dr. […]

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Selling Myers Park, 1911

I found this ad in the Charlotte News from September 6, 1911: What do you think, Charlotteans? Is Myers Park still “the suburb distinctive”?

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“The Corps only reluctantly began accepting African Americans early in World War II…. The commanding officer of the black training facilities at Camp Lejeune was Colonel Samuel A. Woods Jr., a native of South Carolina and an alumnus of that state’s all-white military college, The Citadel. “According to an official history of black Marines, Colonel […]

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“As Furnifold Simmons kicked off the [1898] campaign, his cohort Josephus Daniels used the Raleigh News and Observer to spread wildly exaggerated accounts of interracial clashes between average citizens on the streets of eastern North Carolina cities. Simmons recalled later that they ‘filled the papers… with portraits of Negro officers and candidates….The newspapers carried numerous […]

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