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“The overwhelming victory [at Moores Creek in 1776]  provided an unmatched opportunity for North Carolina patriots to display their patriotism to the rest of the country….John Penn, who had recently left Congress to return home to North Carolina, updated his former colleague John Adams….North Carolinians, Penn concluded in his letter to Adams, ‘are quite spirited […]

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“Rumor mills went into overtime [during World War II], fabricating tales of violence in public transportation, warning that blacks intended to ‘take over’ white women and that they were ‘gathering ice picks’ for a mass insurrection….. “In May 1943 fears of a black uprising increased when the Charlotte News published a letter from Leander Derr, […]

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“Some States have allowed facts other than physical characteristics to be presumptive of race. Thus, it has been held in North Carolina that, if one was a slave in 1865 , it is to be presumed that he was a Negro. “The fact that one usually associates with Negroes has been held in the same […]

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“Agriculture Commissioner W. Kerr Scott has urged that bakeries eliminate consignment selling of bread and thus save ‘untold thousands of bushels of wheat daily’ to help the emergency food situation [in Europe]. “Scott said in a wire to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Clinton P. Anderson that the bakeries’ practice of ‘crowding the market’ with consignment bread […]

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“Faulkner was a highly intelligent man. It sounds silly to say it. But people pay no attention to it. “And a dumb fellow, a fellow who was pretty thick in the head, like Thomas Wolfe, he pays a big price for that lack of intelligence. It keeps him from being Faulkner.” — Shelby Foote, quoted […]

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“Tourism was a primary justification for this environmental preservation movement [circa 1900]. Thus Asheville, the most important resort of the Blue Ridge region, was the birthplace of municipal sanitation campaigns, modern forestry conservation and the movement to create a national park in southern Appalachia…. “On the Tennessee side of the mountains, however, there was much […]

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“A unique bit of history occurred at Fort Macon in late 1941. A soldier placed two Civil War cannonballs in a fireplace of the living quarters to serve as andirons. One cannonball was live and exploded into a room of soldiers from the 244th Coast Artillery. Fortunately no one was killed.   . “This incident […]

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“After moving to Asheville in 1898, [patent medicine magnate E. W. Grove] decided that, if the city were ever to fulfill its potential as a pleasure resort, it would have to to shed its image as a health retreat…. “First, Grove quietly purchased a number of Asheville’s tuberculosis sanitariums and rooming houses that catered to […]

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“[Testifying in a 1926 Congressional hearing on a bill to outlaw fortune tellers in the District of Columbia, Harry] Houdini continues to present his evidence against fortune tellers and con artists. Eventually, the spotlight is directed on Houdini’s own spiritual background. The dialogue that follows gives us a window into Houdini the man, as opposed […]

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“A brief spasm of prosecutions in the mid-Atlantic region… may have been encouraged by a frequently reprinted 1755 English newspaper report describing how George Chambers was convicted of bestiality and sentenced to death…. “Farther south, North Carolina tried John Everitt for having sex with a mare in 1764 and Robert Johnson the following year for […]

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