A Historical Perspective  

History is the social genetic code of who we were, who we are, and ultimately, who we will become.

His birth name was not how most people knew him. He cast off the shackles of his heritage and forged a new future under the name Muhammad Ali. In doing so, he became the most recognizable person on earth. He was often vain, sometimes outrageous, but always with a mischievous smile.
Sometimes events create memories that mark time on a calendar even if you were not part of the history.
There is a dramatic difference between Men and Women beyond appearance. There is not a day that passes now that I don't think of my mom. Once a mama's boy always one, I guess.
Bobby Tony is thankful for this country and the opportunity it gave to my grandparents.
Arthur Girolami Giuseppe Barrett immigrated to America from Fanna, Italy in 1911 at the age of nine. He eventually started a tile and terrazzo business in Nashville, Tennessee with his brothers.
We spent many a Saturday and Sunday circling the parking lot there
I have an old musket in my trophy room from my dad's family. It hung in the basement of our house all my life. After my parents passed, my brother hung it in his garage for a few years. It eventually ended up in my son's collection. It came back to me after he a few years when my son sold his hou
Back during the CB craze almost every city had a CB handle. Tampa was the Cigar City and probably still is, but its biggest cigar producer closed down in 2009.
If a job is once begun, never leave it till it's done, be the labor great or small, do it well or not at all. One of my mom's mini-sermons.
I may have taken 70 years, but it was worth the wait.
Born in the small town of Godwin (Cumberland County) in 1900, David Marshall "Carbine" Williams was the creator of the M-1 Carbine, the U.S. Army's favorite semi-automatic rifle during World War II.
In the summer of 1918, five large German submarines (U-boats) crossed the Atlantic and operated against the lightly protected shipping off the North American coast.
Few public figures, in the last half of the twentieth century, have commanded as much world-wide attention as the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.
Well-known for his popular magazine columns later reprinted in collection form, including Grenadine Etching (1947) and The Old Man the Boy (1957), Robert Ruark became even more of a household name after Something of Value (1955) was turned into a popular 1957 movie.
Found in Yancey County, Mount Mitchell is the largest mountain in North Carolina.
The August 24, 1587 baptism of Virginia Dare, the first English born Christian in the New World. Image courtesy of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History, Raleigh, NC.
Every year on June 6, our nation pauses to remember the thousands of brave Americans and American allies who stormed the beaches of Normandy to launch the campaign to liberate Europe from the oppression and extermination by the Nazi regime in World War II.
Although Raleigh did not lead these expeditions to the New World, he funded and authorized them.
Serving on the vestry of Saint Thomas Parish in Bath with the (supposedly hanged) pirate, Edward Salter is Blackbeard's widow's second husband, John Barrow.
A handful of documents changed the character of the United States. The 13th Amendment, formally ending legal slavery in this country, is one of them.
William W. Kitchin received his initial education nearby his birthplace in Scotland Neck, North Carolina. He later attended the University of North Carolina and studied law under his father.
The February issue of Smithsonian has a most interesting story for me: "The Last Days of Blackbeard" by Colin Woodard gives a brief overview of things discovered in about the last 10-20 years of contemporary research.
Governor Umstead (pictured here) allowed the "Governor's Special Advisory Committee on Education" to respond to the Brown decision. Image courtesy of the State Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina.
When the U.S. Supreme Court issued the Brown v. Board of Education decision, Umstead appointed a biracial committee to study the most effective way to accomplish integration in North Carolina schools.
Harris Teeter started out as two independent grocery stores. In 1939, Willis L. Teeter and his brother Paul opened Teeters Food Mart in Mooresville with a $1,7000 loan.
Although born in Scotland in 1733, Samuel Johnston lived in North Carolina from infancy. Historians have described the native Scot as a "prominent voice for the Patriot cause" who possessed "Revolutionary zeal." Even so, many North Carolinians today are unaware of his illustrious political and legal
Raised in Littleton, North Carolina, Ella Baker graduated valedictorian from Shaw University on 1927.
Few public figures, in the last half of the twentieth century, have commanded as much world-wide attention as the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.
Before Sir Walter Raleigh's expedition landed on the Outer Banks in 1585, French and Spanish explorers traveled across modern-day North Carolina and led the European powers in claiming American land.
John H. Baker served as North Carolina's first African American sheriff. He served in this office for twenty-four years.
Lake Phelps in Tyrrell County, first discovered about 1755, is located in the middle of the swampland known as "the Great Eastern Dismal," or the "Great Alligator Dismal."
Sacred Heart Cathedral is the Mother Church for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, making it the spiritual center for Catholics in eastern North Carolina.
Hartford, along with numerous other musicians and historians, believed that Earl Scruggs was the true reason behind bluegrass music and the banjo's popularity and resonance.
A Brunswick County native, William Henry Hill was the state's district attorney, a state senator, a University of North Carolina Trustee, and a U.S. Congressman.
The first permanent white settler in what is now Tennessee was William Bean, who settled in 1769 on Boone's Creek, near where it flowed into the Watauga River.
The last commander of Fort Fisher before its surrender to occupying Union forces, James Reilly's postwar years reveals the bond that many former Confederate and Union soldiers exhibited during the 1880s and 1890s.
Plans are currently underway for dredging to begin at the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on N.C. 12 over the Oregon Inlet in Dare County.
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