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Alan D. Watson"The Tar Heel State constitutes an eminently readable, fast-paced, and thorough survey of North Carolina’s past. The volume not only pays due attention to the enormous impact of geology and geography on the development of the colony and state but it also proves stunningly inclusive. The roles and contributions of women, African Americans (bonded and free), and Native Americans are discussed at length. Ready also appreciates and incorporates the tribulations and advances of the twentieth century-wars, depression, civil rights, demographic diversity, and economic improvements-as he brings North Carolina into the current era."
—professor of history, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and author of Society in Colonial North Carolina