Archive for January 18th, 2012

State Nicknames and Pigs

The excellent Strange Maps blog alerted me to this very odd 1884 map showing the nicknames of the states as demonstrated by cartoon pigs. The map was published by an Illinois company that manufactured “hog ringers.” North Carolina’s nickname is not a surprise, and the illustration is pretty tame. The original map is in the […]

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On this day in 1958: Lumbee Indians, upset about two recent cross-burnings near their homes, break up a Ku Klux Klan rally in Robeson County. Klan leader James “Catfish” Cole planned to speak on “Why I Am for Segregation,” but the program is cut short by gunfire, firecrackers and teargas grenades thrown by sheriff’s deputies. […]

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