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Governor Josiah Martin, the state's last royal governor, lived in Tryon Palace when the American Revolution began. The governor made a critical error in not destroying the supplies at Tryon, instead burying them to be discovered by the rebels who desperately needed the powder and guns.
Parties clashed in the 1876 gubernatorial race and pitted Democrat Zebulon Vance against Republican Thomas Settle. The race became dubbed 'Battle of the Giants' because each candidate represented the best from each party and because of the veracity of the campaign, which turned away from issues and focused on personalities. Vance would go on to win by 14,000 votes and secure the Democrats political position within the state.
Depression era North Carolinians sought to escape their poverty and despair through cinematic magic. One venue was the Capitol Theater in Raleigh which offered vitaphone talking movies.
The author gives the story of Kiffin Yates Rockwell, of Asheville who was the first American to volunteer for French service in WWI. He was a part of the American Escadrille (squadron of pilots) and was the first member of his unit and the first American pilot to shoot down an enemy plane.