Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.
for North Carolina Historical Review Vol. 64 Issue 1, Jan 1987
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An examination of the mid-19th century tradition of participatory democracy via public gathering known as the public meeting. Recurrent, spontaneous, and for political, economic, or humanitarian reasons, the public meeting provided a forum for the declaration and influence of public opinion. A particular focus on meetings in Edgecombe County, a politically active county with a predilection toward involvement in public affairs, a progressive agricultural center, and a steady access to newspapers, serves as a good case study.
This article examines opposing historical perspectives on Congressman Thomas Lanier Clingman's change in political parties from Whig to Democrat and its potential effect on the subsequent decline of the Whig party. A particular focus is given to Clingman's thoughts on national and state issues including state funding for transportation projects, geographic balance of power within the state of North Carolina, the lack of prominence of Whig mountaineers in party politics, and the issue of southerners' rights to take slaves into newly acquired territories.
This article offers a reevaluation of labor protest in the industrial center of High Point, in the early 1930s, focusing on the nature of the struggle and the ability of the workers to express their anger and concerns. A particular focus is placed on strikes driven by the workers' dissatisfaction with low wages, wage cuts, and poor working conditions.