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This collection of nineteen original essays on selected topics and epochs in North Carolina history offers a broad survey of the state from its discovery and colonization to the present. Each chapter consists of an interpretive essay on a specific aspect of North Carolina's history, a collection of supporting documents, and a brief bibliography. Selections cover historical This collection of nineteen original essays on selected topics and epochs in North Carolina history offers a broad survey of the state from its discovery and colonization to the present. Each chapter consists of an interpretive essay on a specific aspect of North Carolina's history, a collection of supporting documents, and a brief bibliography. Selections cover historical periods ranging from Elizabethan to contemporary times and examine such issues as slavery, populism, civil rights, and the status of women. Essays address the tragedy of North Carolina's Indians, the state's role in the Revolutionary War and the Confederacy, and the impact of the Great Depression. North Carolina's place in the New South and evangelical culture in the state are also discussed. Designed as a supplementary reader for the study and teaching of North Carolina history, The North Carolina Experience will introduce college students to the process of historical research and writing. It will also be a valuable resource in secondary schools, public libraries, and the homes of those interested in North Carolina history.


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This collection of nineteen original essays on selected topics and epochs in North Carolina history offers a broad survey of the state from its discovery and colonization to the present. Each chapter consists of an interpretive essay on a specific aspect of North Carolina's history, a collection of supporting documents, and a brief bibliography. Selections cover historical This collection of nineteen original essays on selected topics and epochs in North Carolina history offers a broad survey of the state from its discovery and colonization to the present. Each chapter consists of an interpretive essay on a specific aspect of North Carolina's history, a collection of supporting documents, and a brief bibliography. Selections cover historical periods ranging from Elizabethan to contemporary times and examine such issues as slavery, populism, civil rights, and the status of women. Essays address the tragedy of North Carolina's Indians, the state's role in the Revolutionary War and the Confederacy, and the impact of the Great Depression. North Carolina's place in the New South and evangelical culture in the state are also discussed. Designed as a supplementary reader for the study and teaching of North Carolina history, The North Carolina Experience will introduce college students to the process of historical research and writing. It will also be a valuable resource in secondary schools, public libraries, and the homes of those interested in North Carolina history.

27 review for The North Carolina Experience: An Interpretive and Documentary History

  1. 5 out of 5

    May

    Okay, this book isn't actually a "snoozefest" so far, but some of the primary sources are so difficult to read (I am not accustomed to the written English of people from the 1600s) that, despite the interesting content, I am having a hard time powering through my assigned readings. I hope that as we move chronologically the readings will become easier to read through. Update: So the book actually has essays by various authors (which I didn't realize right away, because I'm not very observant) in Okay, this book isn't actually a "snoozefest" so far, but some of the primary sources are so difficult to read (I am not accustomed to the written English of people from the 1600s) that, despite the interesting content, I am having a hard time powering through my assigned readings. I hope that as we move chronologically the readings will become easier to read through. Update: So the book actually has essays by various authors (which I didn't realize right away, because I'm not very observant) introducing each section of primary documents, and those are quite interesting to read because they usually offer a more detailed analysis of whatever event than the broad-overview-style textbook we also read. Some of the essays also offered a different perspective from the other textbook, which was interesting from a historiographical point of view. However, some of the essays were also slightly revisionist (e.g. "the National Guard was called in to keep order and prevent deaths" at a strike, although in actuality several strikers were murdered in the course of events--that's kind of a massive thing to erase), which I didn't appreciate. The primary source documents, as you move through the book and they become easier to read, are a really fantastic resource to gauge various perspectives on different events (i.e. not just the same old quotes from the wealthy elites that made it into the history books by name).

  2. 4 out of 5

    Zach

    I found this book to be helpful in bringing multiple perspectives to a subject that I was simultaneously reading about from a simple, historical view in North Carolina: Change and Tradition in a Southern State. The source documents really allow a great level of depth and add an element of realism to the lofty political discussion of the times. I highly recommend the reading combination I've outlined above (with Link's book) with both books following a similar chronology. I found this book to be helpful in bringing multiple perspectives to a subject that I was simultaneously reading about from a simple, historical view in North Carolina: Change and Tradition in a Southern State. The source documents really allow a great level of depth and add an element of realism to the lofty political discussion of the times. I highly recommend the reading combination I've outlined above (with Link's book) with both books following a similar chronology.

  3. 5 out of 5

    R. G. Nairam

    Some of the primary sources are interesting but the introductory essays, oh my word. So glad it is over.

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