“Much is different between Massachusetts and North Carolina — our geography, our industries, our crops and our problems. You have sent us your hurricanes — and taken our textiles mills in exchange.
“Much is different — but much more is the same. Our borders and your borders extend back to the Atlantic. Our history and your history extend back to the earliest days of this nation — indeed the earliest days of this continent’s settlement. Our universities and your universities are noted throughout the land. We take pride in the pilgrims of Plymouth Rock — but they were preceded by the English colony on Roanoke Island in 1585. We take pride in our native sons who helped draft the Declaration of Independence — but they were preceded by the Mecklenburg Declaration and the Halifax Resolution for Independence. We had the Boston Tea Party — you had the Edenton Tea Party….”
— From remarks of Senator John F. Kennedy, North Carolina Democratic Club Dinner, Washington, D.C., March 21, 1959