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Entries written by: Dr. Troy L. Kickler

Troy Kickler has been Director of the North Carolina History Project since August 2005. He holds an M.S. in Social Studies Education from North Carolina A&T State University and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Tennessee. His specialty areas are nineteenth-century U.S., Civil War and Reconstruction, African American, and religious history.

A recipient of numerous research awards and study grants, Kickler has taught at the secondary and post-secondary levels, including formerly at the University of Tennessee and Central Carolina Community College and currently at North Carolina State University.

A recipient of an Earhart Foundation research grant, Kickler is currently co-editor of Nathaniel Macon: Collected Letters and Speeches. He is also writing Black Children and Northern Missionaries, Southern Conservatives, Freedmen’s Bureau Agents, and Freedmen in Reconstruction Tennessee, 1865-1869.

He has served as editorial assistant for the Journal of East Tennessee History and has written articles and reviews for such publications as American Diplomacy, Carolina Journal, Chronicles, H-Civil War, Journal of Mississippi History, Tennessee Baptist History, Tennessee Historical Quarterly, and The Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians. He has also contributed to the upcomingExploring American History: From Colonial Times to 1877Encyclopedia of American Environmental History; and The Old West: Yesterday and Today.

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The Cupola House Association Encyclopedia

One of the earliest preservation efforts in North Carolina, The Cupola House Association has maintained the Cupola House in Edenton, built in 1758, for all to enjoy.  It is a prime example of concerned citizens finding private solutions to solve historical preservation problems.

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De Soto Expedition Encyclopedia

Although scholars disagree regarding the exact path of Hernando De Soto’s expedition in the Southeast, all agree that the Spaniard passed through Piedmont and western North Carolina. 

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Defending Liberty From the Bench Commentary

Maurice Moore was one of the leading political figures in Revolutionary North Carolina. Moore served in the North Carolina House of Commons and as a Judge in North Carolina's Superior Court. Throughout his life, Moore was active and influential in controversial political debates.

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Duplin Winery Encyclopedia

Although Tar Heels were national leaders in wine making before the Civil War and once again during the early 1900s, few modern-day Americans—and even native Tar Heels—have regarded the state as a leader in grape and wine production. North Carolina is known mainly today for championship college basketball and tourist attractions and its tobacco and pork industries.  Over the past two decades, however, wineries have been started across the state.  Yet Duplin Winery in Rose Hill has been the major link between the days of state and local Prohibition and the current revival in North Carolina viticulture and serves as a harbinger for the medicinal uses of the muscadine.

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Early Naturalists Marveled at North Carolina’s Geographic Diversity Commentary

One can stand on a beautiful overlook in the Appalachian Mountains, then drive and enjoy the verdant Piedmont, and later listen to the cresting waves of the Atlantic Ocean — all in one day.

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Echoes From the Past Commentary

A recent history column briefly described An Inch of Snow (1964), an out-of-print novel depicting a state legislative race in North Carolina.  It was more than entertainment depicting small-town North Carolina life. The novel’s fictitious speeches by Democratic and Republican candidates reflect the actual economic concerns of North Carolinians in the 1960s.  The arguments offered are often repeated nowadays in print and on air and behind debate podiums and at dinner tables across the state.

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Edenton Tea Party: An American First Commentary

Many Americans have heard of the Boston Tea Party of 1773.  Far less can tell of the Edenton Tea Party of 1774.  I can count a few, but I have some fingers left.

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John W. Ellis (1820-1861) Encyclopedia

Born in eastern Rowan County, in what is now part of Davidson County, on November 23, 1820 to Anderson and Judith Ellis, John Willis Ellis was a North Carolina lawyer, legislator, judge, and Democratic governor during the Civil War.

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Enfield Riot (1759) Encyclopedia

Leaving Halifax County on a wintry January day, approximately two dozen men travelled seventy miles to Edenton and kidnapped Francis Corbin.  The land agent was hauled back to Halifax County and sequestered in Enfield with his subordinate Joshua Bodley.  After four days, the two co-agents agreed to demands to be more transparent in their official operations, and the rioters were assuaged—at least temporarily.  What transpired those four days is known as the Enfield Riot (1759). 

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Eugenics Board Encyclopedia

Although the sterilization laws were passed in 1919 and 1929, the Eugenics Board was organized in July 1933.  In four short months, the Board started receiving petitions to sterilize North Carolinians.  From 1933 until 1977, the year the Board closed and the eugenics program in North Carolina ended, the state government had sterilized approximately 7,600 individuals (male and female and white and black).

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