Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.
for North Carolina Historical Review Vol. 77 Issue 2, Apr 2000
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This article examines the Whig accusation of misappropriated funds that drove the Democratic-appointed superintendent of the US Branch Mint at Charlotte, John Hill Wheeler from office in 1841. The debate began as minor allegations of unnecessary spending for the mint grounds but developed in debates regarding the spoils system. The Whigs, while publically condemning this practice, used their actions to assert their right to benefit from political patronage.
This article examines the fate of African-born Muslim slaves in North Carolina, with more scrutiny on the life of Umar ibn Said, an educated and upper class Muslim from Senegal. It delivers details from his life, especially after he became a slave in 1810 on a Cape Fear River plantation owned by James Owen. It also chronicles his conversion to Christianity, which was used by missionaries as an example on how to convert Muslims.
This article examines the North Carolina government's attempts to improve economic condition of the state during the Antebellum Period. North Carolina was very dependent on its neighboring states for economic support following the American Revolution. On the suggestion of several North Carolina governors, the General Assembly sponsored programs to improve the condition of the state's roads, railways, and waterways.