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NC's Top Ten

Posted March 9, 2011

I’m thoroughly enjoying another CD lecture series from The Teaching Company. The professor is one of my all-time favorites – J. Rufus Fears of the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Fears is a compelling storyteller who makes learning fun. The latest lectures are on 36 events that changed world history. I’ve already learned new things about Julius Caesar, the Bubonic Plague, Constantine and Christopher Columbus.

The series got me to thinking about the major events in North Carolina history. Professor William Powell of UNC has written a series of history books on North Carolina. He takes us back to colonial times and on through the Civil War era and a time when we were known as the Rip Van Winkle State because of a sleepy apathy among our leaders.

Help me put together a top ten list of the most significant events in North Carolina history. Also, who are the greatest figures in North Carolina history and why? What are our best stories? I would love to get your input.


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  • bloodread Mar 14, 2011

    Not a proud event, but the overthrow of Wilmington's elected government in 1898 was certainly a major event, and had a powerful effect on the state and the way it treated it's African American citizens for the next 70 years. If you don't know about it, you should.

  • bloodread Mar 13, 2011

    I would definitely include the Roanoke settlement, most importantly for the interest generated by the paintings and engravings by John White and Theodor de Bry. Thomas Harriot's Brief and True Report of Virginia let people in the old world really see the new world, and encouraged the continued settlement attempts that led to Jamestown, Plymouth Rock and beyond.

  • dharper22 Mar 10, 2011

    Start with the Halifax Resolves instructing delegates in 1776 to vote for Independence.

  • history6557 Mar 10, 2011

    The introduction in the State Senate yesterday of a Joint Resolution calling for the pardoning of impeached Governor William W. Holden (1871) should not be overlooked. Those interested in the history of Reconstruction in this state will find this to be of great interest and amazement.

  • moppie Mar 10, 2011

    Too many to list in a top ten list! How about a top ten for each region: coast, Piedmont, and mountains?

  • allisontaylor Mar 9, 2011

    If you enjoy lecture series on CD, you might also enjoy The Great A wide range of disciplines - music, philosophy, history, science, psychology, etc. and more. Great source of CD lectures.

  • heelsrule Mar 9, 2011

    Wright brothers, Lost Colony, Edenton Tea Party, Bennett Place surrender - actual end of the Civil War, Linn Cove Viaduct.

  • genegeneandnancy Mar 9, 2011

    7th president Andrew Jackson is said to be from the Waxhaws region of North Carolina, but some historians are unsure as the region borders North and South Carolina.

  • szulakpa Mar 9, 2011

    Edenton Tea Party. A boycott organized by women in a time (1773) when women were absent in politics.

  • pulstar40 Mar 9, 2011

    First Flight, The Lost Colony, The Greensboro Sit In as all mentioned before...and the creation of Research Triangle Park.




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