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Archive for September, 2013

“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 […]

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Just follow the clues in this name-frequency chart from Wedding Crunchers. Has the Times told Duke the honeymoon is over?  

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“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 […]

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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 […]

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“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’ […]

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“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 […]

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“I was supposed to appear at a bookstore in Charlotte, North Carolina, which is a conservative Bible-belt town. My publisher [of “A Fortunate Age”] said, ‘There’s no point in going [from New York City] to Charlotte, it’s going to be a complete waste of time, nobody buys literary fiction in Charlotte, the only thing that […]

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