Writing North Carolina History
is the first book to assess
fully the historical literature of North Carolina. It combines the
talents and insights of eight noted scholars of state and southern
history: William S. Powell, Alan D. Watson, Robert M. Calhoon,
Harry L. Watson, Sarah M. Lemmon, and H. G. Jones. Their essays are
arranged in chronological order from the founding of the first
English colony in North America in 1585 to the present.
Traditionally North Carolina has not received the same scholarly
attention as Virginia and South Carolina, despite the excellent
resources available on Tar Heel history. This study, derived from a
symposium sponsored by the North Carolina Division of Archives and
History in 1977, asks questions and describes methodologies needed
to redress past neglect. Besides providing a comprehensive
evaluation of what has been written about North Carolina, the
essayists offer perspectives on how historians have interpreted the
state's history and what directions future historians need to take.
Particularly important, the book provides a bibliography and
suggests opportunities for future historical investigation by
discussing topics, themes, and source materials that remain
untapped or underused.
North Carolina's unique and colorful culture, folklore, geography,
politics, and growth demand new and creative historical analysis.
Collectively the authors and editors of Writing North Carolina
offer a welcome, necessary guide to the study of Tar
Originally published in 1979.
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