North Carolina: Change and Tradition in a Southern State
March 2009, ©2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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.
Preface and Acknowledgments vii
PART ONE COLONIAL NORTH CAROLINA 1
Chapter One European Invasion 3
Chapter Two The Emergence of North Carolina 25
Chapter Three A Slave Society 47
Suggested Readings 65
PART TWO THE REVOLUTIONARY REPUBLIC 69
Chapter Four Immigrants and the Backcountry World 71
Chapter Five The Age of Revolution 95
Chapter Six The New Republic 121
Suggested Readings 144
PART THREE THE CIVIL WAR CRISIS 149
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
PART FOUR RECONSTRUCTION AND ITS AFTERMATH 215
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
PART FIVE MODERNIZING NORTH CAROLINA 283
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
PART SIX TOWARD THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY 367
Chapter Sixteen Postwar North Carolina 369
Chapter Seventeen The Civil Rights Revolution 395
Chapter Eighteen Modernizers and Traditionalists 413
Suggested Readings 441
State Symbols 443
U.S. Senators 446
North Carolina Population, 1790-2000 449
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.
"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
–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
–L. Scott Philyaw, Western Carolina University
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