Tar Heel State: A History of North Carolina

Tar Heel State: A History of North Carolina

by Milton Ready
     
 

ISBN-10: 1570035911

ISBN-13: 9781570035913

Pub. Date: 10/28/2005

Publisher: University of South Carolina Press

In the last three decades North Carolina has witnessed a remarkable growth in population, economic development, and political importance, and it now ranks as the tenth most populous state in the Union. The Tar Heel State: A History of North Carolina constitutes the most comprehensive and inclusive single-volume chronicle of the state’s storied past to date,…  See more details below

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In the last three decades North Carolina has witnessed a remarkable growth in population, economic development, and political importance, and it now ranks as the tenth most populous state in the Union. The Tar Heel State: A History of North Carolina constitutes the most comprehensive and inclusive single-volume chronicle of the state’s storied past to date, culminating with an attentive look at recent events that have transformed North Carolina into a southern megastate.

Integrating tales of famous pioneers, statesmen, soldiers, farmers, captains of industry, activists, and community leaders with more marginalized voices, including those of Native Americans, African Americans, and women, Milton Ready gives readers a view of North Carolina that encompasses perspectives and personalities from the coast, "tobacco road," the piedmont, and the mountains in this sweeping history of the Tar Heel State. The first such volume in more than two decades, Ready’s work offers a distinctive view of the state’s history built from myriad stories and episodes.

Ready begins with a study of the state’s geography and then invites readers to revisit dramatic struggles of the American Revolution and Civil War, the early history of Cherokees, the impact of slavery as an institution, the rise of industrial mills, and the changes wrought by modern information-based technologies since 1970. Mixing spirited anecdotes and illustrative statistics, Ready describes the rich Native American culture found by John White in 1585, the chartered chaos of North Carolina’s proprietary settlement, and the chronic distrust of government that grew out of settlement patterns and the colony’s early political economy. He challenges the perception of relaxed intellectualism attributed to the "Rip van Winkle" state, the notion that slavery was a relatively benign institution in North Carolina, and the commonly accepted interpretation of Reconstruction in the state. Ready also discusses how the woman suffrage movement pushed North Carolina into a hesitant twentieth-century progressivism.

In perhaps his most significant contribution to North Carolina’s historical record, Ready continues his narrative past the benchmark of World War II and into the twenty-first century. From the civil rights struggle to the building of research triangles, triads, and parks, Ready recounts the events that have fueled North Carolina’s accelerated development in recent years and the many challenges that have accompanied such rapid growth, especially those of population change and environmental degradation.

The Tar Heel State is enhanced by one hundred and ninety illustrations and five maps.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570035913
Publisher:
University of South Carolina Press
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Pages:
404
Sales rank:
345,271
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1The great rift : the geography and geology of North Carolina1
2A clash of cultures : Amerindians and Europeans in early North Carolina16
3A chartered chaos : North Carolina under the Proprietors39
4A mosaic of colonial North Carolina50
5Slavery and servitude in early North Carolina68
6Resistance, regulators, and the rhetoric of rebellion in North Carolina, 1729-177189
7The beginning of the revolution in North Carolina102
8Cautious revolutionaries : North Carolina in the American Revolution, 1776-1780116
9A country dance : Cornwallis's march through North Carolina133
10A Jeffersonian state143
11Antebellum North Carolina163
12The Cherokees193
13A state of indecision : North Carolina enters in Civil War210
14Ebb tide of the Confederacy232
15Deconstruction and reconstruction in North Carolina248
16Trains, towns, taxtiles, and tobacco : North Carolina's vision of a new South266
17The farmer's last stand284
18A progressive state301
19The 1930s : new deals and old politics in North Carolina323
20Civil rights and conservative reactions in North Carolina342
21Triads, triangles, and parks : the urbanization of North Carolina360
22A modern megastate376

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