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for North Carolina Historical Review Vol. 80 Issue 1, Jan 2003
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This article looks at the unique problems encountered by commercial interests in coastal North Carolina during the 18th century utilizing data contained in 1768-1772 British customs returns. This data was overlooked by historian Charles Christopher Crittenden in his 1936 article, 'Commerce of North Carolina, 1763-1789,' leading Combs to challenge Crittenden's conclusions and place his focus on the delicate balance between maritime trade, mercantilism, and economic development.
This article looks at how public poor relief was conceived and utilized as a social tool, with a particular interest in the emphasis placed on mass education by reformers in the 1840s and 1850s. Buncombe County and Asheville are used as a case study.
An examination of tourism's social and economic force in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and its role in shaping the history of the post-Civil War South via the development of Victorian consumer culture, a more prosperous middle class, a growing transportation network, and the entrepreneurial development of leisure pursuits and accommodations. Asheville is used as a case study.