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William S. Powell is professor emeritus of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His many books include North Carolina through Four Centuries, which won the 1989 Mayflower Cup for Nonfiction.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (September 30, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807842192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807842195
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,070,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jon L. Albee VINE VOICE on May 3, 2008
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This short history of North Carolina is a selective history, told from a very summary level, but that's not a criticism as much as simply a general observation. It's a very rapid read, and a well-written concise history. It's meant for the general reader, and is not intended to be a scholarly work, per se.

The first three quarters of the text are dedicated to the period before the Civil War, and the colonial period gets extensive treatment, particularly the details of foundation. There's very little here about the Civil War at all, and even less about modern North Carolina. I would call this a history of "Old North Carolina."

Powell's narrative style is lovely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Betty H. Sheehan on July 15, 2013
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I'm doing family research and this book helped explain a lot of the history my family and others experienced in the colonies. My family entered through Virginia and N.C. and it amazed me how the colonies were established and functioned before and after the Revolution.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dianna Gibson on April 8, 2014
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Great book to get a quick overview of North Carolina history. Gave good information to explain the NC characteristics and differences among the areas of the State.
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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29, 2000
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I thought the book gave very detailed facts and important information about our great state and the people in it. The photographs are old, but it is actuallt kind of neat to see people and cars from the sixties. It is also interesting to compare our view of North Carolina now with the view of NC from the sixties.
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