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In North Carolina, Native Americans were considered occupants of the land, not owners, but they were allowed to hold their lands more securely by defensible fee simple estate rather than by sufferance. The state has had seven such tracts, all but one held by Native Americans in fee simple. Stevenson describes each tract and the tribe that held it.
Between 1777-1896 ten paper mills operated in six counties manufacturing paper for Northern markets. Before the Civil War, production of paper brought about $145, 000 annually and represented a modernizing industry with the introduction of machinery from Europe. These mills were located in Cleveland, Cumberland, Forsyth, Lincoln, Orange, and Wake Counties.
Dr. Stevenson, in conjunction with Dr. Yellin of Pace University, painstakingly combed historical documents to illuminate the history of Harriet Jacob's life in northeastern North Carolina. The scholastic team used a variety of primary documents to corroborate Jacob's story in her classic text INCIDENTS IN THE LIFE OF A SLAVE GIRL. Their efforts resulted in a Dr. Yellin's publication of an annotated edition of the work, adding rich historical context to the narrative.
Documents relating to North Carolina's military activities from the reign of Queen Anne down to the 20th century have survived in varying quantities. Stevenson discusses the military activities in the state during the Colonial Period and the records that resulted from it. All conflict is arranged in chronological order--the Tuscarora War, 1711-1715; The Spanish Alarm, 1739-1748; The French and Indian War, 1755-1763; The War of the Regulation, 1768-1771; and the Colonial and State Militias during the Revolutionary War.