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The Paradox of Tar Heel Politics: The Personalities, Elections, and Events That Shaped Modern North Carolina / Edition 2
     

The Paradox of Tar Heel Politics: The Personalities, Elections, and Events That Shaped Modern North Carolina / Edition 2

by Rob Christensen
 

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ISBN-10: 0807871516

ISBN-13: 9780807871515

Pub. Date: 10/04/2010

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

How can a state be represented by Jesse Helms and John Edwards at the same time? Journalist Rob Christensen answers that question and navigates a century of political history in North Carolina, one of the most politically vibrant and competitive southern states, where neither conservatives nor liberals, Democrats nor Republicans, have been able to rest easy. It is

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How can a state be represented by Jesse Helms and John Edwards at the same time? Journalist Rob Christensen answers that question and navigates a century of political history in North Carolina, one of the most politically vibrant and competitive southern states, where neither conservatives nor liberals, Democrats nor Republicans, have been able to rest easy. It is this climate of competition and challenge, Christensen argues, that enabled North Carolina to rise from poverty in the nineteenth century to become a leader in research, education, and banking in the twentieth.

In this new paperback edition, Christensen provides updated coverage of recent changes in North Carolina's political landscape, including the scandals surrounding John Edwards and Mike Easley, the defeat of U.S. senator Elizabeth Dole, the election of the state's first woman governor, and voters' approval of an African American candidate for president. The book provides an overview of the run-up to the 2010 elections and explains how North Carolina has become, arguably, the most politically competitive state in the South.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807871515
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
10/04/2010
Edition description:
Second Edition, Revised and Updated
Pages:
376
Sales rank:
1,311,380
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Prologue 7

Chapter 1 The Simmons Machine 34

Chapter 2 The Shelby Dynasty 62

Chapter 3 Branchhead Boys 109

Chapter 4 The Last of the Conservative Democrats 154

Chapter 5 Dixie Dynamo 179

Chapter 6 Jessecrats 203

Chapter 7 Jim Hunt and the Democratic Revival 235

Chapter 8 Phoenix Rising 261

Chapter 9 A New Century 287

Epilogue 311

Appendix 319

Notes 323

Index 345

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