North Carolina: Change and Tradition in a Southern State / Edition 1

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In this long-awaited survey history, William Link examines the fascinating history of North Carolina through the lens of strong but seemingly contradictory historical patterns: powerful forces of traditionalism punctuated by hierarchies of class, race relations, and gender that seemingly clashed, especially during the last century, with potent forces of modernization and a “progressive” element that welcomed, even embraced, change. The result answers meaningful questions that all Tar Heels ask about the history and the future of the unique and quickly growing state they call home.

Taking the North Carolina story from moments before first contact all the way to the elections of 2008, this book provides a great new resource for all college-level instructors and students of North Carolina history.

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"We badly need a scholarly history of North Carolina. William Link's volume is sound in conception, research, and analysis. It is especially penetrating on the related subjects of slavery and race, but also deals well with politics and social history more broadly."
–Harry Watson, UNC-Chapel Hill

"Bill Link has written a valuable contribution for college-level classes in North Carolina history. His well-written text is balanced in terms of chronolgoy and topic selection. North Carolina: Change and Tradition in a Southern State is a significant and welcome addition to current North Carolina history texts."
–L. Scott Philyaw, Western Carolina University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882952673
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/17/2009
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 512,162
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

William A. Link, was born in Evanston, Illinois, and grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, where he attended local public schools. Graduating from Davidson College in 1976, he received the Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia in 1981.
For the next twenty-three years, he taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; the courses he taught included North Carolina History, the history of the American South, twentieth-century American history.
Between 1995 and 1998, he served as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and between 1998 and 2004 as head of the UNCG History Department. In 2004, he moved to the University of Florida to occupy the Richard J. Milbauer chair in history, replacing longtime chairholder Bertram Wyatt-Brown. He currently teaches courses in southern history at Florida, and supervises or co-supervise seven doctoral students.
Link’s publications include five books about various topics in the history of the 19th and 20th century south.
He lives in Gainesville, Florida with his wife, Susannah, daughter Josie, four cats, and one border collie.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments vii


Chapter One European Invasion 3

Chapter Two The Emergence of North Carolina 25

Chapter Three A Slave Society 47

Suggested Readings 65


Chapter Four Immigrants and the Backcountry World 71

Chapter Five The Age of Revolution 95

Chapter Six The New Republic 121

Suggested Readings 144


Chapter Seven Social Change in Antebellum North Carolina 151

Chapter Eight Political Parties and the Coming of the Civil War 173

Chapter Nine The Civil War 191

Suggested Readings 211


Chapter Ten Reconstruction 217

Chapter Eleven Social Change in the Post-Reconstruction Era 239

Chapter Twelve Populism and the Crisis of the 1890s 258

Suggested Readings 280


Chapter Thirteen Progressive North Carolina 285

Chapter Fourteen World War I and the 1920s 314

Chapter Fifteen Depression, New Deal, and World War II 338

Suggested Readings 364


Chapter Sixteen Postwar North Carolina 369

Chapter Seventeen The Civil Rights Revolution 395

Chapter Eighteen Modernizers and Traditionalists 413

Suggested Readings 441

Appendix 443

State Symbols 443

Govenors 443

U.S. Senators 446

North Carolina Population, 1790-2000 449

Index 450

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