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Tabitha Anne Holton was a 22-year-old woman who became North Carolina’s first female attorney after successfully passing the bar examination, alongside her brother, Samuel Melanchthon Holton, in 1878. Her success was published in both Northern and Southern newspapers and drew a variety of comments, including some about her appearance. She practiced with her brother in […]

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On this day in 1935: Just days after Sen. Josiah Bailey of North Carolina helped filibuster to death a federal anti-lynching bill, a black man is lynched in Franklin County. The lynch mob — unmasked and in full daylight — takes Govan “Sweat” Ward from the custody of Sheriff John Moore and two deputies and […]

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Oh, c’mon now — you know you can’t resist clicking on  “1935-2013 Map of North Carolina’s Confirmed Unprovoked Shark Attacks.” That link comes via a New York Times account of how Cape Cod merchants have cannily alchemized  shark fear.  And of course the Times can’t pass up the opportunity to recall Mayor Vaughn’s classic line […]

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“Players [in 1960] found in these small Carolina cities what they were wont to find. New Yorkers first found them oppressive, too tranquil, and lamented their inaccessibility to Coney Island…. “Drive-in restaurants where one could get a a variety of sandwiches and beer abounded in this era predating most national fast-food chains. The downtowns all […]

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Here’s something for you to contemplate over the weekend. In her trek through North Carolina in 1939, famed documentary photographer Dorothea Lange captured the photo above in Pittsboro. Lange offered no details other than those that appear in the above caption. So it’s hard to know why she decided to turn her camera toward the […]

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Larrapin Tongue with Blackberry Sauce from Marion Brown’s southern cook book. Liver and Bacon Bake from Mountain elegance : a collection of favorite recipes. Scrapple from Mountain makin’s in the Smokies : a cook book. Head Cheese from Keepers of the hearth : based on records, ledgers and shared recipes of the families connected with […]

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As an oft-entertained patron of Google’s Ngram Viewer — et seq. — I’m thrilled to see the New York Times unveil Chronicle, a similar device based on its own archive. And of course my inaugural word search is….  

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“The great barrier islands of America’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts have been moving for centuries. Of Hatteras, North Carolina, it has been said: ‘This island is nothing fixed. It has transience, shiftiness, built into its very existence..’ In the 1980s, Hatteras ‘houses well back from the beach [were] sold on the basis of “Ocean Front […]

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“North Carolina is a world leader in producing student theses about underwear…. “[One author] begins by saying: ‘Although my name is attached to this thesis I must admit that God has been the true author; because every word, table and figure have only been made possible through Him.’ “She finishes with these words: ‘Of the […]

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This Sunday is the third Sunday in July and that means ice cream!  Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with your favorite flavor. Ice Cream Poem from Kitchen kapers. Cheerwine Ice Cream from Cooking on the cutting edge. Peach Marshmallow Ice Cream from Given to hospitality : a cook book. Ice Cream (Milky Way) from Carolina cooking. […]

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