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North Carolina



  • Mill Mother's Lament: The Legacy of Ella May Wiggins

    by Karen Sieber

    The city of Gastonia has struggled to agree on the commemoration of the bloody 1929 Loray Mill strike, including how to account for the murder of pregnant union activist Ella May Wiggins. 



  • NC GOP Carrying on Tradition of Muting the Black Vote

    North Carolina's gerrymandered legislative and Congressional district maps were drawn without consideration to race, say state Republicans. But it's difficult to miss the parallel between the 1890s and today: a conservative bloc of white voters subverting the will of Black and progressive coalition, say James Leloudis and Robert Korstad.



  • Searching for Descendants of Racist Terrorism

    Wilmington, North Carolina resident Tim Pinnick has partnered with the Equal Justice Initiative and numerous volunteers to try to locate every living descendant of the victims of the white supremacist coup that overthrew the city's biracial government in 1898. 



  • Can This Group Bring Political Interference Under Control at UNC?

     “I worry that we are going to have some of our best and brightest faculty just take the attitude that, well, gosh, I don’t need to put up with this. I don’t need to put up with people who seem to want to tamper with my ability to do my job.”



  • NC Teacher: Don't Give In to GOP Politics of Fear

    by Anne P. Beatty

    "To retreat from open, honest discussions about race and history is the last thing we should do. To retreat is to give into the fear mongering of this bill. Its goal is our silence."



  • The Campaign to Free the Wilmington 10 Holds the Key to Successful Activism Today

    by Kenneth Janken

    A campaign to free 10 racial justice protesters in 1972 worked because it connected the cause to the problems with police, poverty, and racism experienced by a broad cross section of the community, and "recognize[d] racism not as separate from history but as part of historical processes and political economy."



  • The Plan to Build a Capital for Black Capitalism

    Thomas Healy's book "Soul City" looks at a short-lived experiment to create a capital city for Black capitalism in America, part of a long series of political debates about whether the pursuit of economic power by Black Americans would overcome racism. 



  • What Was the Dixie Highway, Anyway?

    Historian Tammy Ingram discusses the Dixie Highway, about which she wrote the book, as a rare project of early 20th-century highway building and tourism development that was completed.