Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.
for North Carolina Historical Review Vol. 80 Issue 3, July 2003
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Discusses the 1771 case of the Agnes Richardson and the death of her husband, of Presbyterian minister William Richardson, in the Waxhaw settlement, a Scots-Irish American community along the North Carolina-South Carolina border. The story that emerged regarding Agnes' possible role in the death, and a harrowing trial and accusation, reveal a focus on supernaturalism and folk justice that are commonly associated with the backcountry. Investigation of historical evidence reveals that her accusation has much to say about the social and legal constructs of early American society.
An examination of the Outer Banks ecological history focusing on forests and the idea suggesting human intervention brought about its destruction. Evidence suggests that geological and climactic changes were the causes of the live dunes that threatened the forests rather than anthropogenic processes.
A look at the hillbilly songs of Dave McCarn, a Gastonia, textile mill worker, who wrote about the realities of life for Southern mill workers in the 1920s-30s. McCarn's best-known recording, \"Cotton Mill Colic,\" and its two sequels, criticized the Southern textile industry for failing to pay workers a living wage.