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On this day in 1934: The American Legion baseball team from Springfield, Mass., withdraws from a tournament in Gastonia because of local resistance to its lone black player. Ernest “Bunny” Taliaferro was barred from the team’s hotel, and the Charlotte Observer reports that “those in charge of the tournament would not guarantee the safety of […]

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“In 1986, a state proposal to erect a historical marker [to recognize the 1929 Loray Mill strike] failed because Gastonia officials objected to the wording. “They wanted to omit any mention of the deaths in the strike and include a reference about local citizens defeating ‘the first Communist efforts to control southern textiles.’ The state […]

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John “Buddy” Lewis, onetime Washington Senators slugger, died last week in his native Gastonia. At 94 Lewis was the 11th oldest living major league baseball player — and the only one whose career had begun before 1936. (Second-oldest: 98-year-old Clarence “Ace” Parker, Duke’s two-sport star.) Lewis’s chronic weakness was fielding. Before the Senators exiled him […]

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— Gastonia native “strengthens her already credible claim to the title of best living American writer.” — Greensboro praised (?) as “that true American anomaly – a place where there seem to be more people writing serious books than reading them.” — Much to applaud, per usual, about Mary Chapin Carpenter‘s country-and-Eastern show last night […]

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“It was in the textile mills of North Carolina [in 1934 that Martha Gellhorn, a 25-year-old investigator for the Federal Emergency Relief Administration] found the writing voice she had been looking for. It was clear and simple, a careful selection of scenes and quotes…. What made it her own was the tone, the barely contained […]

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