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The North Carolina Century

Tar Heels Who Made a Difference, 1900-2000

Edited by Howard E. Covington Jr., Marion A. Ellis

The North Carolina Century

656 pp., 7.75 x 11, 160 photos, index

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-8078-2757-4
    Published: November 2002

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Distributed for the Levine Museum of the New South

This collection profiles the people who helped shape life in North Carolina in the twentieth century. It includes 160 biographical sketches of Tar Heels who made a difference, highlighting their accomplishments in the areas of agriculture, the arts, business, education, law, media, politics, popular culture, public service, religion, social movements, and sports.

Some of those profiled are familiar because of their prominence in public life--Thomas Wolfe, John Hope Franklin, Doris Betts, Jesse Helms, Doc Watson, and Richard Petty, for example. Others are less well known today but made contributions that deserve to be remembered: James E. Shepard, founder of what is now North Carolina Central University; Ellen Winston, the first U.S. Commissioner of Welfare; and former state Supreme Court Justice Henry Frye, the first African American elected to the General Assembly in the twentieth century. All had a hand in shaping North Carolina between 1900 and 2000, a period during which the state emerged from the aftermath of the Civil War and became a model for development and progressive movements across the South.

About the Authors

Howard E. Covington Jr. is a former journalists who has collaborated with Marion A. Ellis on a number of books, most recently Terry Sanford: Politics, Progress, and Outrageous Ambitions and The Story of NationsBank: Changing the Face of American Banking. Covington lives in Greensboro.
For more information about Howard E. Covington Jr., visit the Author Page.

Marion A. Ellis is a former journalists who has collaborated with Howard E. Covington Jr. on a number of books, most recently Terry Sanford: Politics, Progress, and Outrageous Ambitions and The Story of NationsBank: Changing the Face of American Banking. Ellis lives in Charlotte.
For more information about Marion A. Ellis, visit the Author Page.

Reviews

"This reference volume should occupy a prominent place in the library of anyone interested in those individuals and families who made North Carolina what it is today."--Our State