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The Paradox of Tar Heel Politics : The Personalities, Elections, and Events That Shaped Modern North Carolina - Rob Christensen

The Paradox of Tar Heel Politics

The Personalities, Elections, and Events That Shaped Modern North Carolina

Paperback Published: 4th October 2010
ISBN: 9780807871515
Number Of Pages: 376

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How can a state be represented by Jesse Helms and John Edwards at the same time? Journalist Rob Christensen answers that question and navigates a century of political history in North Carolina, one of the most politically vibrant and competitive southern states, where neither conservatives nor liberals, Democrats nor Republicans, have been able to rest easy. It is this climate of competition and challenge, Christensen argues, that enabled North Carolina to rise from poverty in the nineteenth century to become a leader in research, education, and banking in the twentieth.
In this new paperback edition, Christensen provides updated coverage of recent changes in North Carolina's political landscape, including the scandals surrounding John Edwards and Mike Easley, the defeat of U.S. senator Elizabeth Dole, the election of the state's first woman governor, and voters' approval of an African American candidate for president. The book provides an overview of the run-up to the 2010 elections and explains how North Carolina has become, arguably, the most politically competitive state in the South.

Hotter and slicker than a politician's handshake at a pig pickin' in July."
--Marcy Smith, Raleigh News and Observer


Christensen brilliantly navigates the complex political past of North Carolina.--Journal of NC Association of Historians


Winner of the 2008 Ragan Old North State Award from the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association

"A lively account of history [that] includes eyebrow-raising facts."
--The Fayetteville Observer

"A romp through 100 years of North Carolina politics. . . . Help[s] readers understand the conflicts and contradictions that define North Carolina to this day."
--Greensboro News and Record

"Hotter and slicker than a politician's handshake at a pig pickin' in July."
--Marcy Smith, Raleigh News and Observer

"Christensen has written a terrific . . . history here, one that is very readable and absolutely jammed full of facts, figures, and anecdotes. . . . [He] lay[s] the historical basis for North Carolina politics as they exist today."
--Winston-Salem Journal

"Presents the pivotal figures and elections of North Carolina's twentieth-century politics in an entertaining and insightful fashion. . . . Christensen's panoramic picture of the state's modern politics is much more than fascinating."
--North Carolina Historical Review

"Lively and well crafted. . . . A valuable study of an important aspect of the state's history, accessible for both general and scholarly audiences."
--The Journal of Southern History

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Prologuep. 7
The Simmons Machinep. 34
The Shelby Dynastyp. 62
Branchhead Boysp. 109
The Last of the Conservative Democratsp. 154
Dixie Dynamop. 179
Jessecratsp. 203
Jim Hunt and the Democratic Revivalp. 235
Phoenix Risingp. 261
A New Centuryp. 287
Epiloguep. 311
Appendixp. 319
Notesp. 323
Indexp. 345
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ISBN: 9780807871515
ISBN-10: 0807871516
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 4th October 2010
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised