Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

NC's Top Ten

Posted March 9, 2011 11:43 a.m. EST

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.