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“[Charlotte’s] Baptists, Episcopalians, and Presbyterians counted on [Harry] Golden to provide the Jewish view on everything from Noah’s ark to Israel bonds. “True, it was sometimes irritating to give his all to a speech in  front of an appreciative church audience only to be asked afterward if he knew ‘Mr. Cohen, who lived next door […]

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“People had initially believed that axing American’s wilderness into fields had improved its climate, as summers apparently became cooler and winters less harsh. “[North Carolinian] Hugh Williamson, for example  — one of the delegates who had visited Bartram’s garden during the Constitutional Convention  — had, in 1770, told the members of the American Philosophical Society […]

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“Just off from the summit [of Mount Mitchell], amid the rocks, is a complete arbor, or tunnel, of rhododendrons. This cavernous place a Western writer has made the scene of a desperate encounter between Big Tom [Wilson] and a catamount, or American panther, which had been caught in a trap and dragged it there, pursued […]

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“In Davidson County, North Carolina, a drunken young mountaineer named William Tippett had bitten off a large piece of old Arthur Newsome’s chin, almost plucked out his left eye and grasped Newsome’s right eye with his other hand….. “The old man was left with just one, badly injured, eye when the right one popped out […]

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“Dear Sir: “Coca-Cola has had a big run at my fountain, and is gaining in popularity all the time. “A line of soda drinks is incomplete without it. “Coca-Cola has come to stay!” — From an 1892 letter to Coca-Cola from Raleigh pharmacist J. H[al] Bobbitt Four years later, Bobbitt moved to Baltimore to manufacture […]

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“In North Carolina there is a great deal of something that calls itself Unionism; but… it is a cheat, a Will-o’-the-wisp; and any man who trusts it will meet with overthrow. “Its quality is shown in a hundred ways. An old farmer came into Raleigh to sell a little corn. I had some talk with […]

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“In 1875, R.J. Reynolds founded his tobacco company in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and in 1905, at age 55, he married 25-year-old Mary Katharine Smith in her nearby hometown of Mount Airy…. “Her navy dress was a departure from the normative practices of the class into which she was marrying. “But a white wedding dress would […]

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“Brenau [University] President Ed Schrader… has begun to assemble a team of experts in various disciplines—archaeology, geology, history and the study of Elizabethan writing—to re-examine the quartz stone. Sometime in this year or next, he wants to launch an expedition to the Chowan River near Edenton, N.C., where the first [Dare Stone] is believed to […]

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“…In North Carolina the legal status of slave unions was among the first issues on the agenda of the 1865 constitutional convention. The final act declared all unions of ex-slaves who ‘now cohabit together in relation of husband and wife’ to be lawful marriages from ‘the time of commencement of such cohabitation.’ “As [Duke] historian […]

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“Mr. Edison’s phonograph preserves a conversation for 100 years. But conversations can be preserved that long without a phonograph. For instance, there is the celebrated conversation between the Governor of North Carolina and the Governor of South Carolina….” — From Daily Alta California, Dec. 26, 1887 (via Louisville Courier-Journal) How many people today would recognize this […]

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