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Tar Heel State

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The term "Tar Heel" originated in the Civil War-era. Sources indicate that members of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia teased soldiers from North Carolina with the nickname. Many North Carolinians worked in the naval stores industry harvesting tar, pitch, and turpentine from the state’s pine forests. (UNC School of Education, “Tar Heels pitch in”)

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UNC School of Education. “Towns and Villages.” Learn NC: North Carolina Digital History. http://www.learnnc.org/lp/editions/nchist-civilwar/5465 (Accessed November 20, 2012).

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Tar Heel State, Civil War Era NC, accessed August 19, 2017, https://cwnc.omeka.chass.ncsu.edu/items/show/649.