“Dear Mrs Kennedy, You & your family have our sorrow of the death of your husband, not only because he tried to help us as Negro but all so he was human. We feel that Oswald did not do it – it was someone larger than he. We loved your husband because he thought Negroes was Gods love and made us like he did white people and did not make us as dogs. Mrs. Kennedy we are praying for you and your family.”
–– From a letter to Jackie Kennedy from Mrs. Frank Borders of Shelby, quoted in ” ‘Letters to Jackie’ shows ordinary people’s grief over Kennedy’s assassination” in the Washington Post (Sept. 14, 2013)
The documentary “Letters to Jackie” opens Tuesday in some U.S. theaters.
Just follow the clues in this name-frequency chart from Wedding Crunchers.
Has the Times told Duke the honeymoon is over?
“I often had occasion to notice [in the Carolinas and Georgia] the wide and pitiful difference between the residents of the cities and large towns and the residents of the country. There is everywhere a rigid spirit of caste….
“Thus, Charleston has much intelligence, and considerable genuine culture; but go 20 miles away, and you are in the land of the barbarians. So, Raleigh is a city in which there is love of beauty, and interest in education; but the common people of the county are at least 40 years behind the same class of people in Vermont.”
— From “Three Months Among the Reconstructionists” by Sidney Andrews in The Atlantic (February 1866)
Andrews, a prolific correspondent for Northern journals, spent September, October and November 1865, traveling North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia by stage and railway. After having “had much conversation with many individuals of nearly all classes,” he came away repulsed by the region’s present and future. Here’s how he viewed “the native North Carolinian.”
Football season is upon us! Tomorrow is the first home game for the Tar Heels. Tailgaters will descend upon UNC and pepper the parking lots with their tents, grills, and coolers. If you are in need of some tailgating goodies for your Saturday, try out a few of these. Go Heels!
Pork Chops – Redskins Style from Tarheels cooking for Ronald’s kids.
Tailgate Coleslaw from The cat who– cookbook.
Finger Rolls with Chicken Salad from Carolina cooking
Jet Age Reuben from Rush hour superchef! : with step-by-step menus.
Spicy Curry Dip from The Pantry shelf : 1907-1982.
Swiss Mix Sandwich Filling from Company’s coming : a recipe collection from North Carolinians who enjoy company coming.
Pungent Chicken Wings from Best of the best from North Carolina : selected recipes from North Carolina’s favorite cookbooks.
“In certain Southern places, the economic crisis of the 1890s drove Populists and Republicans into each other’s arms…. Fragile biracial coalitions elected ‘fusion’ tickets in Alabama, Georgia, Texas and — most successfully — in North Carolina….
“Between 1894 and 1898, the fusionist legislature required ‘The School History of the Negro Race in the United States’ to be taught in North Carolina public schools; it also raised money for education and poor relief by increasing taxes on railroads and other corporations….”
— From “Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern America, 1877-1920” by Jackson Lears (2009)
“According to William Surface of the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville, North Carolina, ‘It became a badge of honor for some Southerners to have an ancestor whose house was burned by Sherman’s troops.’
“Betty McCain, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, exemplified this mindset while testifying [in 1994] before the North Carolina Historical Commission in opposition to a proposed memorial to Sherman’s troops at Bentonville Battleground.
“She declared that her foremother fought off Sherman’s men with a broom three different times, when they tried to burn down her house near Wilmington. With no McCain ancestors to stop them, Sherman’s men did burn the warehouses in Wilmington, McCain claimed, as part of their swath of destruction across the state.
“Apparently McCain did not know that Confederates set the Wilmington warehouses ablaze before pulling out of the town, to deny materiel to the Union. Nor did she know that Sherman’s men never came within a hundred miles of Wilmington! Never mind — if it happened in North Carolina and was bad, Sherman did it !”
— From “Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong” by James W. Loewen (2007)