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The Fayetteville Observer makes smart use of the oft-mocked listicle to lay out “Top 10 game changers in Fayetteville’s history” (June 20), from the town’s failed attempt to secure the state capital in 1788 to the still-disputatious “Big Bang” annexation of 2005. Here’s Matt Leclercq’s entry on the birth of Fort Bragg: “Fayetteville was a sleepy town […]

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On January 30, 1919 the French Broad Hustler reported the shipment of “six head of buffalo –three males and three females –to Hominy, Buncombe County” by the American Bison Society. Their arrival in North Carolina marked the reintroduction of America’s largest big game animal to the state. The experiment was short-lived. Despite the birth of […]

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Several new titles just added to “New in the North Carolina Collection.” To see the full list simply click on the link in the entry or click on the “New in the North Carolina Collection” tab at the top of the page. As always, full citations for all the new titles can be found in […]

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They are tall and lean, with short waists and long limbs, sallow complexions and languid eyes, when not inflamed by spirits. Their feet are flat, their joints loose and their walk uneven. These I speak of are only peasantry of this country, as hitherto I have seen nothing else, but I make no doubt when […]

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The tall but narrow little pamphlets inevitably catch one’s eye on the shelf: each is only about 6 pages in length, and they are printed in bright colors and intriguing fonts on good paper. With almost four decades’ worth of issues, there is a lot to peruse. The series, Tips, is filled with sayings, words of […]

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If your web browsing has included perusal of yearbooks or newspapers from North Carolina colleges and universities, then you likely have seen the work of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. Its mission includes scanning and publishing online materials from cultural heritage institutions throughout North Carolina. The center and its hardworking staff are headquartered in […]

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I just noticed on eBay a 1946 edition of the rare, important and viscerally affecting “The Negro Motorist Green Book: An International Travel Guide” (1936-1964). As noted here almost six years ago by Jason Tomberlin, the North Carolina Collection is holding shelf space open for its first copy. Current bid: $999.99. Final price: $4,551.99  

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Several new titles just added to “New in the North Carolina Collection.” To see the full list simply click on the link in the entry or click on the “New in the North Carolina Collection” tab at the top of the page. As always, full citations for all the new titles can be found in […]

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Second of two parts  (Part one) Went to high school in North Carolina: Althea Gibson Went to college in North Carolina and graduated despite having flunked his English placement test because he was imitating Faulkner: Walker Percy Went to college in North Carolina but didn’t graduate: Shelby Foote, Emmylou Harris and Jeff MacNelly Had three […]

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“ ‘Presumptive nominee’ was used as early as 1908 by Charlotte Observer to describe William Howard Taft.” — From a tweet by presidential historian Michael Beschloss (April 26) hat tip/  Ed Williams  

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