Monday, January 12, 2009

N.C. history addicts, beware this Web site

f you're addicted to North Carolina history, you've probably already got this Web site bookmarked. It's the blog (North Carolina Miscellany) of the folks at the North Carolina Collection at Wilson Library at UNC Chapel Hill, and there's always something interesting going up.

Right now, the folks there have been posting their favorite campaign handbills and other ephemera from the most recent campaign. There's some hilarious stuff -- including Democratic ad that aims to reinforce the impression that former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole didn't spend a lot of time in the state -- it shows a bloodhound supposedly sniffing for her tracks.

Another funny one is a Republican ad that portrays illegal immigrants strolling into North Carolina beneath a caption saying, "Bev Perdue is Rolling Out the Red Carpet for Illegal Immigrants."


The website has invited people to send in notable handbills and other mailings to save for posterity.

Warning: the North Carolina Miscellany Web site can be habit-forming.

13 comments:

Stephen the Historian said...

The only problem with the Carolina room is you'd be hard pressed to find any mention of Charlotte or Mecklenburg. They have items of interest about James K. Polk that point out he attended UNC. But nowhere does it mention where he was born. Weird. They mention gold being found by Conrad Reed. But no mention of the Mint in Charlotte. Weird. Must be funded by downeasters (slightly tongue-in-cheek but they do have some strange omissions).

Jason Tomberlin said...

Thanks for pointing out the "NC Miscellany" blog! It certainly is a lot of fun...and we hope interesting and entertaining as well.

In answer to "Stephen the Historian," I wanted to point out that we do have several Charlotte-related blog entries. Please see below:

Wachovia Loan and Trust Company

Charlotte Speedway, Ghost Track of the Carolinas

Charlotte Barbecue

We do have a lot of eastern North Carolinians working here, but the blog manager (me) is from Davie County.

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