May 27, 2015“Rating Obama”“Talking to Chapel Hill’s William Leuchtenburg about presidential history I had to ask him, “How historians going to rate Barack Obama’s presidency?”Leuchtenburg did not shy away from the question.”
May 20, 2015“Historian Leuchtenburg on Hillary Clinton’s challenges”
“Is it too early to start putting the 2016 presidential election in historical perspective?Maybe…”
May 15, 2015
Are you getting tired of hearing about my eateries book—an updated version of an earlier one I wrote several years ago. I have been talking to all my friends telling them about the great Whistle Stop in Norlina near the Virginia line, Casey’s in Wilmington and the Smith Street Diner in Greensboro.
May 13, 2015
“Surprising heroes in a long struggle for justice”
“Why does a moderate, progressive journalist write a book that makes a hero of Republican U.S. Senator Thom Tillis?Let me explain…”
May 8, 2015
“By now you probably know that I am revising and updating a book for UNC Press, an expended version of an earlier one i wrote several years ago, about North Carolina family-owned, home-cooking restaurants, where local people gather, but still near enough to big highways for travelers to visit without loosing too much.”
May 5, 2015
“150 years ago Chapel Hill was occupied by the enemy–by Union troops, and for a long time after the war there was talk about how one young Chapel Hill woman “too quickly” made friends with the enemy general in charge of the occupying forces.She was Ella Swain, daughter of former governor and University of North Carolina President David Swain. Ella met Union General Smith Atkins when he made an official visit to the President’s home to call on the president.”
May 1, 2015
If you are like me a big fan of home cooking restaurants, local places, not fancy, but meat and threes and fish camps and barbecues like the old days. If you treasure those kinds of places, too, I have got some bad news for you.
Maybe you remember, a few weeks ago I mentioned that I was working on an update of my “Interstate Eateries” book that surveyed old time eateries along the major highways in North Carolina.
April 29, 2015“N.C. and the U.S. – Mexico border”“What does the 1,969-mile border between the United States and Mexico have to do with North Carolina?Charles D. Thompson, Jr., a Chatham County blueberry farmer turned author, filmmaker, activist, and Duke professor, explains in his new book, ‘Border Odyssey: Travels along the U.S./Mexico Divide’…”
April 24, 2015
“Just in case you missed it last Saturday, it’s not too early to be planning for their 101st birthday in late April next year. I’m talking about last Saturday’s wonderful celebration of the 100th birthday of Barbara Stiles and Bernice Wade.”
April 22, 2015“Is the Civil War over?”“One hundred and fifty years later, is the Civil War finally over?…On Saturday we mark the 150th anniversary of the April 26, 1865 final surrender by Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston of approximately 90,000 troops to Gen. William T. Sherman, effectively ending the hostilities of the nation’s Civil War…”