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“Outside of East Tennessee the most extensive antiwar organizing took place in western and central North Carolina, whose residents had largely supported the Confederacy in 1861. Here the secret Heroes of America, numbering perhaps 10,000 men, established an ‘underground railroad’ to enable Unionists to escape to Federal lines. “The Heroes originated in North Carolina’s Quaker […]

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“In Hendersonville, North Carolina, [George Gershwin] visited with DuBose and Dorothy Heyward — authors respectively of the book and the play ‘Porgy’ on which the opera is based  — for another round of Southern acculturation.  Gershwin… had already spent the better part of the summer of 1934 steeping himself in the music and life of […]

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– “Colonial America’s Interstate 95.” (Or maybe I-81?) — David Goldfield gets his turn at bat in the Disunion blog. — Alas, high-altitude vandalism didn’t end with Elisha Mitchell’s monument. — Did I really kill half a morning reading these obsessively detailed histories of moribund malls in Eden, High Point and Hendersonville?

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Tom Vincent, records management analyst at the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, is the latest historian to take on the task of tallying the state’s Civil War monuments (and the first to have compiled a searchable database). . Tom, how many “standing soldier” Confederate monuments have you recorded? Fifty-four, out of a total of 110 […]

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“In Hendersonville…  Today I am in comparative affluence, but Monday and Tuesday I had two tins of potted meat, three oranges and a box of Uneedas and two cans of beer… and when I think of the thousand meals I’ve sent back untasted in the last two years. It was fun to be poor — […]

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On this day in 1926: Heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey, who trained for the fight outside Hendersonville, loses a 10-round decision to Gene Tunney in Philadelphia. Developers of Laurel Park Estates paid Dempsey $35,000 and “other considerations” to set up camp there. The minister of Hendersonville’s First Methodist Church opposed Dempsey’s month-long visit because of the […]

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– The creator of the new Greensboro sit-in mural at the UNC School of Government  has less conventional works in his portfolio, e.g.,  “Black People Love Pork Because Africa is Shaped Like a Pork Chop.” —  “Outspoken people wanted demolition…. I decided it could not be done.”  Happy 90th birthday to the man who stood up […]

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Death noted: Math polymath Martin Gardner, who spent 23 years of his semiretirement in Hendersonville, at age 95 in Norman, Okla. Gardner wrote scores of such popularizing works as “Calculus Made Easy” but may be best remembered for his columns in Scientific American and the Skeptical Inquirer. He avoided public appearances out of both shyness […]

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