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“[George] Washington’s complaints only increased in the southern states [during his first-term tour of all 13 states]. Instead of comfort, he experienced martyrdom, at least in the small towns along the road. “In April 1791 he crossed into North Carolina from Virginia hoping to find an inn where both he and the horses could recover […]

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“On July 25, 1703, Thomas Bouthier filed a legal complaint… that Susannah Evans of Currituck, not having the fear of God before her eyes, but being led by the instigation of the devil, did devilishly and maliciously bewitch, with the assistance of the devil, afflict the body of [his wife] Deborah Bouthier with mortal pains […]

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“The change had taken place gradually, practically invisibly. Michael Jordan was no longer cool.” — From “How Air Jordan Became Crying Jordan” by Ian Crouch in the New Yorker (May 11)  

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“WALNUT COVE, N.C., Dec. 25 — Becoming suddenly insane, a Stokes County farmer today slew his wife and six children, and after laying them out for burial went into a patch of woods and killed himself with a shotgun. The body of C. D. Lawson, the 43 years old father and husband, was found about […]

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“The tourist on horseback, in search of exercise and recreation, is not probably expected to take stock of moral conditions. But this Mitchell County [North Carolina], although it was a Union county during the war and is Republican in politics (the Southern reader will perhaps prefer another adverb to ‘although’), has had the worst possible […]

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“On the same day the U.S. Treasury announced Andrew Jackson’s image would be removed from the front of the $20 bill, Congress moved a step closer toward declaring [James K.] Polk‘s Tennessee home a national treasure. “A bill that passed the U.S. Senate contains a provision directing the Interior Secretary to study the feasibility of […]

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“My grandfather ate the Charlotte Observer. Regularly. The entire paper. I’m not making this up….” — From “Here’s one way to eat newsprint” by Walter Dellinger (letter to the editor of the Washington Post, April 8) h/t Michael Hill  

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“This winter, amid the news of the FBI’s arrest of the remaining occupiers of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon, another story unfolded more quietly in the Appalachians. At the heart of it were a small plant that plays a significant role in eastern mountain forests — American ginseng — and Billy Joe Hurley, a […]

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“When I drove into the parking lot of Replacements, Ltd., on the outskirts of Greensboro, North Carolina, I thought of a saying that Rosanne Cash attributes to her father, Johnny, who was an avid collector of rugs, china, linens, and furniture: ‘Every possession is just a stick to beat yourself with.’ There are many, many […]

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“During the civil-rights era, when local administrators across the South resisted desegregation and suppressed protests, business élites in Dallas and Charlotte pushed for moderation; Dallas had desegregated its downtown businesses by 1961, and Charlotte began desegregating public accommodations the year before the 1964 Civil Rights Act. “Those efforts, though, were driven by local businesses and […]

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