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“The summer of 1967 was one of discontent for Joe Namath….The fascination with his swingin’ lifestyle that had dominated in 1966 had given way to criticism…. “When he arrived in Charlotte for the Jets’ fourth exhibition game, Namath was not in much of mood to speak to anyone…. “That night Namath was a guest of […]

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“In mid-1955, the Supreme Court set about identifying its own relocation facility [in the event of nuclear war] and sent clerk Harold Willey to hunt for a spot. Willey surveyed several properties in North Carolina and reported back that ‘Because all large cities are considered to be prospective enemy targets, a hotel in a secluded […]

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“Draft boards [during World War I] used their power to punish political opponents and reinforce existing power structures. This was especially true in the South, where white authorities used the draft against African-Americans. For instance, in Hyde County, for every white man sent into the army, the draft board sent three blacks, a figure twice […]

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[While he was governor of New York, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s] polio seemed almost forgotten — but would the nation at large react the same when he ran for president? “To reassure any doubters, his old friend and navy superior Josephus Daniels penned an article for the Saturday Evening Post in September 1932….  ‘The fact that […]

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“A memorable early example of [Elliott White Springs‘ circa 1950 magazine ads for Springmaid sheets] was proposed by his friend Dr. Robert McKay [a Charlotte urologist]. ‘What would you say to this — an Indian lying on a sheet, about half-dead, with a pretty squaw just leaving him? You could call it “A buck well […]

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“[During World War II] the Charlotte Observer took up the hunt for un-American activities, claiming that over 2,000 subversives were present in the area and arguing that the U.S. Constitution did not protect anyone accused of Communist or Nazi sympathies. The paper chastised those who complained about FBI investigations as more concerned with civil liberties […]

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“The book and the author have long been forgotten in popular memory. But [Hinton Rowan] Helper’s Impending Crisis of the South is the only book other than Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin that historians have kept in their bag of causes of the Civil War….” — From “Confederate Monuments and the Forgotten Warning of […]

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“In three places, at least, in North Carolina a Negro is not allowed to stay over night. They are Canton (Haywood County), Mitchell, and Madison Counties, all in the western part of the State. Negroes may work unmolested all day,  but, if they linger after nightfall, they are reminded that it would not be healthy […]

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“The artist Dorothea Rockburne… first met Robert Rauschenberg during their student days at Black Mountain College, the fabled school near Asheville, N.C., that was briefly the epicenter of the American avant-garde. One day, Ms. Rockburne was in the college laundry room unloading her wash from the dryer when she realized that her patchwork quilt was missing. […]

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“The book is a heartbreaker in many ways because out of more than 60 films made here between 1900 and 1929, only one survives [intact]. And every one of the lost films — every single one of them — contained priceless and irreplaceable images of the time and place in which they were made. If […]

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