North Carolina Politics In The 1890s

In this morning’s Raleigh News and Observer, political columnist Rob Christensen, who was commenting on yesterday’s elections, pointed out that the last time the North Carolina General Assembly was led by Republicans was “in 1898 when lawmakers arrived in horse and buggy or by train.”

Why did Christensen bring up the 1890s? What happened then? Why do we still remember the change? You can read more about it at LEARN NC’s North Carolina history digital textbook:

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