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“Weeks after the Brown [vs. Board of Education decision in 1954], the press hailed the latest poster boy for the ‘soft Southern approach’…. Samuel J. Ervin, a Harvard-educated state Supreme Court justice, arrived in Washington ready to lend his legal expertise and ‘country lawyer’  charm to the segregationist cause. “Governor William Umstead tapped Ervin to […]

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“The carvers splash the pulled pork with the house barbecue sauce, which balances sugar with vinegar and mustard; [restaurant owner Hugh]  Mangum calls it Texalina because it blends the styles of Texas and North Carolina….” — From “Big League BBQ Arrives,” restaurant review by Pete Wells in the New York Times (March 5) Not unexpectedly, […]

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“When the military abandoned the freedpeople in the final months of the war at a Union camp in North Carolina, sickness and disease escalated; the military left no personnel or medical assistance for unemployed former slaves. According to the chief surgeon in North Carolina, General Sherman sent about 10,000 freedpeople ‘down the Cape Fear River […]

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National Pound Cake Day is Monday, March 4.  If you don’t have a favorite pound cake recipe, maybe one of these will suit your fancy. Southern Pound Cake from Sweet Carolina : favorite desserts and candies from the Old North State. Burnt Sugar Pound Cake from Dixie Classic Fair for Northwest North Carolina : favorite […]

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“I am old enough to remember when Thomas Wolfe seemed secure in the pantheon of 20th-century American writers, the equal, nearly, of Faulkner and Fitzgerald and Hemingway. He is gone from the pantheon today, and I doubt that Tom Wolfe gets asked about his kinship to Thomas Wolfe anymore. “The obscurity of Thomas is an […]

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