The story of modern politics in North Carolina is very much one of
American democracy, with all its grand ambitions, limitations, and
pitfalls. So argues Tom Eamon in his probing narrative of the
state's political path since the 1940s. He charts the state's
political transformation into a modern democratic society to show
that this change was more than an evolution--it was a revolution,
one that largely came about through political means, driven by
strong movements and individuals working for change.
By tracking the turbulence of politics throughout the period, from
racial tensions to student demonstrations to fierce rivalries in
the higher education arena, Eamon explores how conflict helped
build a better society even as the state continued to lag in many
areas. This rich account opens to readers the unforgettable people
and hard-fought elections that have shaped North Carolina's
competitive personality and have led to the state's emergence as a
major player in twenty-first-century American politics.