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North Carolina: Change and Tradition in a Southern State, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-83360-5
536 pages
January 2018, Wiley-Blackwell
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North Carolina 2nd edition is a single volume, fascinating history of the state that covers political, economic, cultural and social dimensions of the Tar Heel state’s past. This new edition includes new material and an updated history to the present day.
  • The most up-to-date history of the state, encompassing events up until 2015
  • The new edition includes six sections of primary-source documents
  • Includes the very latest historical literature
  • Answers meaningful questions concerning the history and the future of this unique and quickly growing state
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

Part One: Colonial North Carolina

Chapter One: European Invasion

Chapter Two: Origins of North Carolina

Chapter Three: A Slave Society

Suggested Readings

Selected Documents

Part Two: The Revolutionary Republic

Chapter Four: Immigrants and the Backcountry World

Chapter Five: The Age of Revolution

Chapter Six: The New Republic

Suggested Readings

Selected Documents

Part Three: The Civil War Crisis

Chapter Seven: Social Change in Antebellum North Carolina

Chapter Eight: Political Parties and the Coming of the Civil War

Chapter Nine: The Civil War

Suggested Readings

Selected Documents

Part Four: Reconstruction and Its Aftermath

Chapter Ten: Reconstruction

Chapter Eleven: Social Change in the Post-Reconstruction Era

Chapter Twelve: Populism and the Crisis of the 1890s

Suggested Readings

Selected Documents

Part Five: Modernizing North Carolina

Chapter Thirteen: Progressive North Carolina

Chapter Fourteen: World War I and the 1920s

Chapter Fifteen: Depression, New Deal, and World War II

Suggested Readings

Selected Documents

Part Six: Toward the Twenty-First Century

Chapter Sixteen: Postwar North Carolina

Chapter Seventeen: The Civil Rights Revolution

Chapter Eighteen: Modernizers and Traditionalists

Suggested Readings

Selected Documents


State Symbols


U.S. Senators

North Carolina Population, 1790-2010


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Author Information

William A. Link is Richard J. Milbauer Professor of History at the University of Florida. He is the author of seven books on the history of the South, including Roots of Secession: Slavery and Politics in Antebellum Virginia (2003), Righteous Warrior: Jesse Helms and the Rise of Modern Conservatism (2008), North Carolina: Change and Tradition in a Southern State (2009), and Links: My Family in American History (2012). His most recent book is Atlanta, Cradle of the New South: Race and Remembering in the Civil War’s Aftermath (2013). 
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