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This article discusses the history of printing in North Carolina beginning with the first public printer in 1749 through the many newspapers and editors of the 20th century. Despite being one of the last of the original colonies to get a printing press, the history of newspapers in North Carolina is an exciting one as told through the stories of many local papers and their editors.
During the late 1930s, Louis Austin was editor-publisher of Durham, North Carolina's 'Carolina Times,' the city's black newspaper. Austin was a confrontational activist against racial segregation who utilized legal action and electoral politics through the Democratic Party.