NORTH CAROLINA by Thelma & Corydon Bell


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Description of the Tarheel State region by region, county by county, town by town. . . with almost nothing on history or significant happenings, nothing whatever on government, and altogether no overview -- no mention, for instance, of the value of manufactures now exceeding that of farm products, of North Carolina's being in fact the South's foremost industrial state. Chiefly attention is paid to geology and physical geography, flora and fauna, ""back streets"" and ""lovely old dwellings,"" local customs and lore, and tourist attractions; among timelier matters, only occupations are consistently treated. Much of this, moreover, gives no sign of being written for young people: typically, in New Bern ""Dignified Georgian homes of mellowed brick and wisteria-draped cottages stand in dappled sunlight along narrow tree-shaded streets."" Typically, too, ""The Great Crescent of Industry"" shifts after two pages to fishing camps and hunting country. More specific exception may be taken to Durham's being credited with ""a spirit of tolerance, goodwill and helpfulness"" toward blacks -- and Chapel Hill's not being credited with a black mayor. Actually the book is good for nothing except information on localities.

Pub Date: March 19th, 1971
Publisher: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan