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Durham County: A History of Durham County, North Carolina / Edition 2

Durham County: A History of Durham County, North Carolina / Edition 2

by Jean Bradley Anderson
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In this revised and expanded second edition of Durham County, Jean Bradley Anderson extends her sweeping history of Durham from the seventeenth century to the end of the twentieth. Moving beyond traditional local histories, which tend to focus on powerful families, Anderson integrates the stories of well-known figures with those of ordinary men and women, blacks and whites, to create a complex and fascinating portrait of Durham’s economic, political, social, and labor history. Drawing on extensive primary research, she examines the origins of the town of Durham and recounts the growth of communities around mills, stores, taverns, and churches in the century before the rise of tobacco manufacturing. A historical narrative encompassing the coming of the railroad; the connection between the Civil War and the rise of the tobacco industry; the Confederate surrender at Bennett Place; the relocation of Trinity College to Durham and, later, its renaming as Duke University; and the growth of health-service and high-technology industries in the decades after the development of Research Triangle Park, this second edition of Durham County is a remarkably comprehensive work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822349839
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Publication date: 05/09/2011
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 624
Sales rank: 950,488
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Jean Bradley Anderson is the author of Carolinian on the Hudson: The Life of Robert Donaldson, The Kirklands of Ayr Mount, and Piedmont Plantation: The Bennehan-Cameron Family and Lands in North Carolina. A professional genealogist and freelance contract researcher, Anderson formerly conducted research for the North Carolina Office of Archives and History, contributing to the prize-winning multivolume The Way We Lived in North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition ix

Preface to the First Edition xi

Abbreviations xv

1. Land for the Taking: Prehistory–1740s 1

2. Moving In, 1740s–1771 15

3. The American Revolution 29

4. Eighteenth-Century Orange County, 1752–1800 38

5. The Rip Van Winkle Era, 1801–1840 51

6. Improvement Fever, 1840–1861 69

7. Origins of the Town of Durham, 1819–1861 85

8. From Victory to Defeat, 1861–1865 97

9. From Bust to Boom, 1865–1880 108

10. A House Divided: An Independent Black Culture, 1865–1880 130

11. A County at Last, 1880–1890 140

12. The Apogee of an Era, 1890–1903 169

13. Social Challenges, 1900–1917 203

14. The Face of Change, 1903–1917 223

15. Joining the World, 1917–1924 248

16. Elation and Depression, 1925–1941 281

17. World War II and the End of an Era, 1941–1945 321

18. The Old Order Changeth, 1946–1969 332

19. Civil Rights, 1954–1978 360

20. Rounding Out a Century, 1960–1981 379

21. City and County to Century's End 403

Appendix: Population Statistics and Officeholders 449

Notes 461

Bibliography 537

Index 561

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