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“January 24, 1951 “Dear Mr. President, “How are you today? Fine I hope. I know you are wondering who is writing you. Well, I am a 15 year old Negro 10th Grade school girl. I am speaking for our History class since we are interested in the News and World Affairs…. “Every time war starts, […]

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“[Buckminster] Fuller’s most prominent invention originated at North Carolina’s Black Mountain College. Fuller arrived there in 1948 as a visiting architecture professor with an Airstream trailer full of geometrical models. Under Fuller’s supervision, students first tried to build a structure using venetian blind slats as trusses held in place via tension. It collapsed. “Kenneth Snelson […]

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“Meacham called Dolley Madison the most important woman in political life for 25 years, the architect of our political culture. ‘Without her drawing rooms,’ he said. ‘lawmakers would not have talked to lawmakers.’ ” — From a talk by Jon Meacham at Brevard College, reported by John Lanier in the Transylvania Times Meacham, biographer of […]

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“Although [‘The Birth of a Nation’] played only in larger cities, by one estimate 90 percent of Southerners had seen the film by 1930….The Charlotte Observer reported that the local theater had received mail and telephone orders from towns as far away as 75 miles…. “These audiences consumed the picture actively….In Asheville, the ‘large crowd […]

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“The existence of a successful jazz club in [Thelonious] Monk’s home state in May 1970 was an anomaly. Woodstock (August 1969) marked the era….Jazz clubs were closing in bigger cities across the country while Raleigh, with a population of 120,000, wrestled with integration. But Peter Ingram — a scientist from England recruited to work in […]

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“North Carolina has a law that white and Negro children shall not attend the same schools, but that separate schools shall be maintained. If the terms for all the public schools in the State are equal in length, if the teaching force is equal in numbers and ability, if the school buildings are equal… then […]

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“[George Tayloe] Winston‘s accomplishments [as president of the University of North Carolina, 1891-1896] were impressive, especially at a time when the university was unpopular in some powerful political circles and among influential religious leaders, who insisted on a halt to public funding for higher education. “These opponents of the state university… contended that it was […]

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“Now that New Orleans has toppled its statue of Robert E. Lee, Asheville should take a hard look at the man we honor in our city’s most prominent public space…. “[The name of] Zeb Vance, North Carolina’s Civil War governor, is carved into the granite obelisk rising above Pack Square…. “Bringing down the monument has […]

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“in 1925 a mob of white men broke into the Martin County jail and removed a young Jewish man named Joseph Needleman, who had been accused of raping a local woman named Effie Griffin. “They had carried him to the cemetery at the Skewarkey Primitive Baptist Church, where they castrated him and left him for […]

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“The poet Ira Lightman stared at his laptop screen in disbelief. Could it be true?… He’d just made a routine visit to the Facebook group Plagiarism Alerts. There, a woman named Kathy Figueroa had posted something extraordinary: ‘It appears that one of Canada’s former poet laureates has plagiarised a poem by Maya Angelou’… “How likely […]

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