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The arrival of commencement weekend gives us a welcome opportunity to look back at spring traditions at UNC. The NCC Gallery honors those traditions with a display of Carolina traditions, including this Jubilee program and pinback button — our May Artifacts of the Month. Jubilee was an annual concert that celebrated the end of the […]

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“Rumor mills went into overtime [during World War II], fabricating tales of violence in public transportation, warning that blacks intended to ‘take over’ white women and that they were ‘gathering ice picks’ for a mass insurrection….. “In May 1943 fears of a black uprising increased when the Charlotte News published a letter from Leander Derr, […]

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On this day in 1863: Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, the Confederacy’s master tactician, dies of pneumonia, eight days after being mistakenly shot by troops from the 18th N.C. regiment. He was shot at nightfall while scouting ahead of the line near Chancellorsville, Va. His men mistook him for the enemy. As he lay wounded, […]

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“Some States have allowed facts other than physical characteristics to be presumptive of race. Thus, it has been held in North Carolina that, if one was a slave in 1865 , it is to be presumed that he was a Negro. “The fact that one usually associates with Negroes has been held in the same […]

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“Agriculture Commissioner W. Kerr Scott has urged that bakeries eliminate consignment selling of bread and thus save ‘untold thousands of bushels of wheat daily’ to help the emergency food situation [in Europe]. “Scott said in a wire to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Clinton P. Anderson that the bakeries’ practice of ‘crowding the market’ with consignment bread […]

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“Faulkner was a highly intelligent man. It sounds silly to say it. But people pay no attention to it. “And a dumb fellow, a fellow who was pretty thick in the head, like Thomas Wolfe, he pays a big price for that lack of intelligence. It keeps him from being Faulkner.” — Shelby Foote, quoted […]

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