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“People cry more than you would think in the archives. Emotions can run very high when an individual is confronting information that impacts their lives. “Once a colleague of Dr. King, well into his 80s, burst into tears looking at essays he’d written that were with Dr. King when he died. Recently, a high school […]

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“1969: As integration spreads at Southern schools, some black cheerleaders refuse to dance to ‘Dixie’ or wave the Confederate flag…. Violence erupts in Burlington, North Carolina, after recently integrated Walter Williams High School fails to select any black cheerleaders. The governor [Bob Scott] declares a state of emergency and a curfew, and 400 National Guard […]

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“I spent September, October and November, 1865, in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia…. “I judge, from the stories told to me by various persons, that my reception was something better than that accorded to the majority of Northern men traveling in that section…. “In one of the principal towns of Western […]

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“The China National Tobacco Corp. is by far the largest cigarette maker in the world. In 2013 it manufactured about 2.5 trillion cigarettes. Its next largest competitor, Philip Morris International, produced 880 billion. … “Last year, China National opened an office in suburban Raleigh to facilitate its growing purchases of American tobacco….. “A few years ago, a […]

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“Ministers from mainstream Southern denominations preached pro-war sermons, such as the one delivered by the Presbyterian minister in Dunn, North Carolina, in January 1918 and headlined in the Raleigh News & Observer: ‘Teutons Cannot Win, Proof from Bible.’ “Other Christians had different views. In March 1917, before the declaration of war, a group of ministers […]

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“Sara Dylan answered the door, gave me a blank look, and closed the door. About two minutes later Bob Dylan himself appeared and stepped out onto the small porched entry. He wore blue jeans, a white shirt buttoned all the way up and a black leather vest, and he was very friendly and relaxed. ” […]

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“There is a newspaper published in Lumberton, which is the largest town in Robeson County and the county seat, named the Robesonian. It is an old paper — it was a hundred years old several years ago — that prints news from all over the county. Shortly after I came to New York City, I […]

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“North Carolina, the best state in the South for Negro education, spends for a Negro pupil less than two-thirds of a dollar for every dollar spent for a white pupil; the worst state, Mississippi, spends for a Negro pupil less than one-seventh on every dollar spent for a white pupil…. “Even if funds were more […]

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“For certain organizations in North Carolina, bingo games can last only up to five hours. The state’s administrative code even contains a few more explicit restrictions on the game: only one in a 48-hour period and no more than a $500 prize. “Our best guess as to the motivation behind this law? Retirement homes needed […]

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“The highlight of [North Carolina’s home demonstration] program was the dress revue….As participants walked across a stage in full view of an audience and panel of judges, they announced their names and the cost of their homemade ensemble…. “The 1933 competition held at North Carolina State University featured county winners from across the state. Forty-eight […]

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