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North Carolina in the Civil War era is known colloquially as a vale of humility between two mountains of conceit. This expression is part state rivalry, a dig at Virginia and South Carolina. But also part analysis of the culture, politics, and economy of North Carolina compared to its neighbors. This site presents sources that address how the state diverged from and converged on regional and national patterns.

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Zebulon B. Vance Indulged in Voter Manipulation Tactics during the Gubernatorial Election of 1864

In North Carolina’s 1864 gubernatorial elections between Governor Zebulon B. Vance and William W. Holden, Vance promoted strong intimidation…