History

Environment
4:48 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Cemetery 'Funerary Art', A Yarn Factory, A Dye House: 8 New NC National Registry Additions

The Durham Hosiery Mills Dye House. . Built in 1920-1921, the building served as a dyeing facility for mills that were part of the largest cotton hosiery manufacturing company in the United States by the early 1920s.
State of North Carolina

Late last week it was announced that several NC buildings had been added to the National Register of Historic Places. We've highlighted eight of those buildings here.

It's no surprise that the  gorgeous Flat Top Estate was added to the list. But some of the other additions may surprise you. They give a nod to beach-style architecture, to our textile history, and to integration.

The State of Things
12:39 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Jordan High Grows Up During Civil Rights Movement

Not The End, But The Beginning Book Cover
Credit NCCU

Brian McDonald taught at Jordan High School for 13 years before he became interested in the history of the school. And when he looked, he found a school that grew up along with the Civil Rights Movement. His new book; “Not the End, but the Beginning: The Impact of Race and Class on the History of Jordan High School” (NCCU/2011), explores the history of the high school. 

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Military
4:29 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

How A Confederate Ironclad Warship Landed On The Bottom Of The Neuse River

The Neuse is sunk by her own crew - March 1865
Credit Stephen McCall / CSS Neuse State Historic Site

This week, an archaeological team is expected to set out to see if they can find remains of the CSS Neuse, a battleship that met a watery grave near Kinston, NC, during the Civil War. Now, many of you history buffs might know why parts of an ironclad ship is lying inland, at the bottom of the Neuse River, but we did not. The story is at times dramatic, frustrating and incredibly sad.

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Law
1:54 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

NC's First Female Judge Had No Legal Training Whatsoever

NC's first female judge, Mamie Dowd Walker
Credit Milo Pyne

Judge Mamie Dowd Walker was a widow with two children when she was appointed the first female judge in North Carolina in 1934.  It was a first for North Carolina not only because Judge Walker was female, but also because she had no legal training.  But her grandson Milo Pyne says his grandmother "needed the money." 

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The State of Things
10:09 am
Thu February 27, 2014

NC History Exhibit Celebrates The Stories Of Lebanese Americans

Cedars in the Pines is a new exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History.
Credit www.ncdcr.gov / North Carolina Museum of History

 

 Food, music and dancing are just a few of the contributions of Lebanese Americans to North Carolina’s culture. "Cedars in the Pines,” a new exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History, showcases the influence of Lebanese immigrants on the state.

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The State of Things
11:23 am
Wed February 26, 2014

"Apostles of Reason" Finds Historical Explanations For Political Polarity

Apostles of Reason by Molly Worthen
Credit http://global.oup.com/ / Oxford University Press

    

Evangelical Christians are a diverse group with similar questions but vastly different answers. 

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The State of Things
11:20 am
Wed February 5, 2014

The Rabbi Of Worms

The Rabbi of Worms by M.K. Hammond
Credit https://wipfandstock.com/store/The_Rabbi_of_Worms

The 11th century isn’t noted in history for its peaceful interfaith relations. And yet, at that time, Christians and Jews alike came from all over Europe to seek the wisdom of the Rabbi of Worms, a French scholar whose commentaries on the scriptures are still used today. Host Frank Stasio talks to writer Marie Hammond about her historical fiction, "The Rabbi of Worms."

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The State of Things
11:23 am
Mon December 2, 2013

A Story: The Shortest Distance Between Two Points

Credit Christopher Sims, via CDSPorch.com

Wesley Hogan's interest in storytelling stretches back to her childhood. 

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

The Clothesline Muse

The Clothesline Muse is a new multi-discipline theater project.
Credit The Clothesline Muse

  

In the past, the clothesline was a place where a community’s women met to hang laundry. 

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U.S.
10:49 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Forget The 50 States; The U.S. Is Really 11 Nations, Author Says

Colin Woodard's map of the "11 nations."
Colin Woodard

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 11:56 am

For hundreds of years, this nation has been known as the United States of America. But according to author and journalist Colin Woodard, the country is neither united, nor made up of 50 states. Woodward has studied American voting patterns, demographics and public opinion polls going back to the days of the first settlers, and says that his research shows America is really made up of 11 different nations.

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