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The Transatlantic Dreams of the Port City Prophet: The Rural Reform Campaign of Hugh MacRae


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Although largely forgotten in North Carolina history apart from a public park in his honor, Hugh MacRae (1865-1951) was an urban businessman who fostered economic opportunity and development, especially as related to southern farmers. After graduating from MIT, McRae returned to Wilmington in 1892 where he later consolidated gas, railway, light and power interests and promoted the development of several suburban communities. He later shifted his attention to the development of truck farms and model communities in southeastern North Carolina and the transformation of rural life through small-scale, intensive farming practices.
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