Tag Archives: Reconstruction

First Wednesdays – “…the institution of slavery having been destroyed…”

As noted in a previous post, Provisional Governor William W. Holden had called for a statewide convention in October 1865 to complete North Carolina’s restoration to the Union. That convention had a very simple, but critical, charge to vote to … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – Challenges for a Provisional Government 1865

In post-war 1865, Provisional Governor William Woods Holden went about the business of mending a state rent in every facet by the recent struggle.  Infrastructure such as the railroad system not only had to be repaired but also the governing … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – North Carolina Union Volunteers (white)

May 1862 marked one year since then Governor John Ellis (deceased) had refused President Abraham Lincoln’s call for troops to put down the rebellion.  During this year North Carolinians experienced the heady political-high of Secession, a call to arms of … Continue reading

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James Henry Harris Papers

Back in February, I came across the James Henry Harris Papers and I spent February and March scanning, transcribing and creating metadata for the collection which is now available online. James Henry Harris was a free African American who lived … Continue reading

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Radical Notion of Democracy: Law, Race, and Albion Tourgée

On Friday November 4, 2011, a Public Law and Humanities Symposium will be held at the State Archives/Library Building and State Capitol Building in Raleigh, N.C.: A Radical Notion of Democracy: Law, Race, and Albion Tourgée, 1865-1905 “A Radical Notion … Continue reading

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Video from the Contested Past Symposium

Video from parts of the symposium “Contested Past: Memories and Legacies of the Civil War: A Conference to Commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War in North Carolina” held at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, North Carolina … Continue reading

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Civil War and Reconstruction in North Carolina Joint Meeting

I saw a notice for this meeting on the bulletin board of one of our break rooms and thought I’d pass it along to all of you. The North Carolina Literary and Historical Association and the Federation of North Carolina … Continue reading

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