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William Powell is the leading authority on the people and events that have shaped North Carolina over four centuries. His concise history of the state has been a favorite since its publication in 1978, and for this edition, Powell has provided a new chapter that brings the story up to date.

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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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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1st New edition edition (September 30, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807842192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807842195
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #690,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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