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Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.

The Sheriff in Colonial North Carolina

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Tension existed between the ruling class living in the colonies and the authoritative Crown throughout the early history of North Carolina. The sheriff became a key figure in the political struggle of the colony because of the administrative and punitive powers granted his office. The article reviews the various roles of sheriffs in colonial government and how this could exploit both the ruling class families and the Crown.