Historic Political Campaigns in North Carolina conference

On September 14th and 15th, 2012, the conference “To Gain Attention to Their Various Claims: Historic Political Campaigns in North Carolina” took place at Wilson Library, co-sponsored by the North Carolina Collection and the Southern Historical Collection. Archived lectures from that conference are available here as downloadable PDFs.

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The Little Old Lady Grabs the Mayor’s Shoes

“The Little Old Lady Grabs the Mayor’s Shoes: Isabella Cannon, Neighborhood Activism, and the 1977 Raleigh Mayoral Election” (PDF) by John Blythe, Special Projects and Outreach Coordinator, North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

John Blythe is Special Projects and Outreach Coordinator for the North Carolina Collection at UNC’s Wilson Library. As such, he prepares and edits publications on North Carolina-related topics. Blythe’s responsibilities also include editorial supervision of the North Carolina Miscellany blog, to which he is also a contributor. From January to June 2010, Blythe served as Project Librarian for the North Carolina Maps online collection. Prior to working in libraries, Blythe spent seventeen years in journalism. From 1989-1994, he worked as a reporter for the Winston-Salem Journal. During the mid-90s Blythe helped launch and served as editor on several websites for Condé Nast Publications in New York City. Blythe has also worked as a public radio producer in New York, Virginia, and North Carolina. He is a native of Chapel Hill.


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From Resurgence to Realignment

“From Resurgence to Realignment: The Shelby Dynasty, Luther Hodges, and the Election of 1952” (PDF) by Karl Campbell, Associate Professor of History, Appalachian State University.

Karl E. Campbell is an Associate Professor of History at Appalachian State University where he teaches courses in North Carolina and recent U.S. history. His book Senator Sam Ervin, Last of the Founding Fathers won the North Caroliniana Society Book of the Year Award for 2007. He has written numerous articles on civil liberties, civil rights, and North Carolina history. In 2003 his essay “Claghorn’s Hammurabi: Senator Sam Ervin and Civil Rights,” won the Robert D.W. Conner Award for the best article published in the North Carolina Historical Review. His present projects include writing a biography of Governor Luther Hodges and editing a book of essays tentatively titled North Carolina Revised: Towards a New History of the Old North State. Campbell lives in Banner Elk.


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Surprise of the Century

“Surprise of the Century” (PDF) by Ned Cline, veteran journalist and writer.

Ned Cline, a veteran reporter and editor, has chronicled the lives of politicians and monitored the evolution of public policies in North Carolina for more than forty years. During his long career in newspapers, Cline worked for The Salisbury Post, The Charlotte Observer, and the Greensboro News & Record, where he served eleven years as managing editor. He has also researched and written six biographies of Tar Heel philanthropists and public officials, including Bob Jordan, Jospeh M. Bryan, and Walter R. Davis. Cline is a past recipient of a prestigious Nieman Fellowship for journalists, which allowed him to spend an academic year at Harvard University focusing on Southern politics.


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Contrasting Campaigns

“Contrasting Campaigns: Zebulon B. Vance and the North Carolina Gubernatorial Elections of 1862 and 1864” (PDF) by Joe A. Mobley, Lecturer, Department of History, North Carolina State University.

Joe A. Mobley is a former administrator with the North Carolina Office of Archives and History. He currently teaches North Carolina history at North Carolina State University. Mobley is the author or editor of numerous publications on North Carolina history, including The Way We Lived in North Carolina; Raleigh, North Carolina: A Brief History; and Ship Ashore: The U.S. Lifesavers of Coastal North Carolina. His book “War Governor of The South”: North Carolina’s Zeb Vance in the Confederacy received the North Caroliniana Society Book Award for 2006. Mobley’s most recent work is Confederate Generals of North Carolina: Tar Heels in Command.


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The Crucible of Liberalism

“The Crucible of Liberalism: Kerr Scott and the 1948 Gubernatorial Election in North Carolina” (PDF) by Julian M. Pleasants, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Florida.

Julian M. Pleasants is professor emeritus of history at the University of Florida, where he taught for thirty-nine years. The recipient of numerous teaching honors, Pleasants is the author or editor of books on North Carolina and Florida politics and history. His work Frank Porter Graham and the Senate Election of 1950 in North Carolina (co-authored with Augustus M. Burns) won an award of merit from the Society of North Carolina historians in 1991. His work Buncombe Bob: The Life and Times of Robert Rice Reynolds was published in 2000 and chronicles the life of Asheville-born, U.S. Senator from North Carolina known for his isolationist stances and several ill-conceived remarks praising Nazi Germany. Pleasants is also author of Hanging Chads: The Inside Story of the 2000 Presidential Recount in Florida; Orange Journalism: Voices from Florida Newspapers; and Seminole Voices: Reflections on Their Changing Society, 1970-2000. Pleasants is a native of Pinehurst and lives in Fearrington Village.