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In the colonial era, wit and humor was often the spontaneous product of active social discourse and usually were passed around as handwritten manuscripts through social classes. The wit and humor of the Lower Cape Fear originated as a way of communicating private and social pleasure throughout the region. Wilmington native Johnson Jones Hooper, a local humorist, was the first to transition from British style satire to the original American humor that would make him famous.
During the 1920s and 1930s, women played a major role in the labor struggles that plagued America. Women were factory workers, mothers, community members, and activists who sacrificed much to provide a better future for their families. During the 1990s, a movement to recover their stories and achievements from the past was conducted by scholars who brought to light four novels written by women regarding the Gastonia Mill Strike of 1929.
North Carolina has nurtured a vibrant and diverse regional music recording scene since the 1930s. It was in 1937 that RCA Victor established a recording studio in Charlotte, where acts such as Wade Mainer, The Blue Sky Boys, and J.E. Mainer and the Mountaineers recorded their unique North Carolina sound. Music recording in North Carolina continues to thrive into the 21st century as the musical distinctiveness of the state prompt new artists daily.
The life of author John Foster West is as unique as the characters in his novels. Born in the Appalachia region of North Carolina, West grew up the son of a tenant farmer and spent the majority of his career promoting Appalachian studies through the novels he wrote, the journals he founded, the creative writing programs he created, and the thousands of students he taught.
Before the 1970s there were few outlets of creativity open for the lesbian writing community of North Carolina. With the founding of the periodicals Sinister Wisdom and Feminary, they offered an outlet for female writers who would have otherwise been unable to express their feelings and themselves as opening as they wished.