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“In 1919, Navy Secretary [Josephus] Daniels – whose crusade against sin went far beyond banning wine in the officers’ mess – became concerned about homosexual behavior among sailors in Newport, Rhode Island. “This was almost 75 years before ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ and almost a century before being gay was removed as a barrier to […]

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“Shayda Vance grew up not thinking much of her last name. She had never lived in Western North Carolina, and although she knew some of her family hailed from Weaverville, her bloodlines were a bit of a mystery. “Like many of the 42 million African-Americans living in the United States, part of her lineage is […]

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“It never ceases to amaze me the number of people in this day and age who still approve of holding onto these things [human remains such as Nat Turner’s skull]. “Several years ago, in my decently liberal large Southern city, there was an article about one of these depicted as a ‘human interest’ piece. Apparently […]

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Election day is a mere 27 days away, so the robocalls should be interrupting your evening meals and the postcards and fliers will be filling your mailboxes. We, in the North Carolina Collection, can’t help make your evenings more peaceful. But we can relieve you of some of the clutter. As with elections past, we’re […]

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“By 1987 Reagan found his control over Congress slipping….The Democratic majority in the House easily overrode his veto [of what would be the last interstate highway authorization], and the Senate did the same by a single vote. “A hapless freshman senator from North Carolina [Terry Sanford] , who had opposed the bill because there wasn’t […]

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“My friend does some work for ShopBot Tools in nearby Durham, N.C. He recently let me borrow a HandiBot CNC tool. “One of the first things I did with it was cut out a small etching of North Carolina and its 100 counties….” — From “A Wooden Map of North Carolina”  by Michael Fogleman at […]

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“One day in the early 1960s, when drinking from the ‘Whites Only’ water fountain on the factory floor [in Taylorsville, my husband, Mike Claman] had had enough of it. He tore off the signs. He then went to the ladies’ and men’s bathrooms and tore off the signs there, announcing that there would be no […]

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“The most famous ghost that is said to haunt the shores of North Carolina and pop culture in equal measures is the spirit of Virginia Dare… the New World’s first Christian ‘wild child.’ The sweet babe likely never survived infancy, but her name is immortal. “She has been the subject of numerous romance and supernatural […]

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“Bribery laws directed at elections tended to criminalize vote buying instead of law buying (paying a candidate to get a law passed)…. “North Carolina passed an 1801 statute that prohibited [“treating,”] giving voters meat or drink or anything else of value on election day….. “The North Carolina Supreme Court in 1850 held that treating is  […]

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“[Naturalist John Muir seems to have had] an underlying ambivalence toward his Eastern associates. A friend once reported that after Muir and [Charles S. Sargent, director of Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum] reached the top of [Grandfather Mountain] in North Carolina, Muir ‘began to jump about and sing and glory in it all’ before he noticed Sargent […]

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