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An examination of the post-Civil War political activities of North Carolina Congressman and Senator, Thomas Lanier Clingman, which provides a look into the issues, power struggles, and personalities of North Carolina politics during the first two decades after the Civil War. Particular attention is given to Clingman's involvement in the \"railroad ring\" fraud orchestrated by George W. Swepson and Milton S. Littlefield, in which Swepson invested $843,633 dollars of state appropriated bond sales proceeds meant for use in expansion of state railroads into three Florida railroads for personal profits, aided by Littlefield's bribery and manipulation of legislators. Clingman's role as Swepson's attorney put him in the thick of the controversy and prevented a resurgence of his political career.
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This article compares letters and diaries of four wealthy women of elite society in Caldwell County, Ella Harper, Till Abernathy, Laura Norwood, and Mary Fries Patterson, to determine how the combination of a common geographical location mostly spared of direct contact with military invasion and civil unrest, wealth, and a support network based on prewar affiliations among females of their social class enabled these women to cope more effectively with wartime hardships than other women of the Piedmont and mountains of North Carolina.
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