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The Tar Heel State: A History of North Carolina Hardcover – December 5, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1570035913 ISBN-10: 1570035911 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 404 pages
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press; First Edition edition (December 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570035911
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570035913
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In the most original popular history of North Carolina in decades, Milton Ready draws upon diverse perspectives to offer fresh insights on the major social, political, and cultural themes that have governed the development, over time and in recent years, of the Tar Heel State."

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"In the first interpretive history of North Carolina in a generation, Milton Ready provides a skillful and well-written addition to the state’s historical literature. Drawing upon recent scholarship, Ready widens the scope of North Carolina’s past, and his chapters on the state’s changing social and economic landscape since the 1970s chart the profound transformation of North Carolina in the twenty-first century."—Jeffrey Crow, deputy secretary, North Carolina State Office of Archives and History, and coeditor of Writing North Carolina History

"The Tar Heel State constitutes an eminently readable, fast-paced, and thorough survey of North Carolina’s past. The volume not only pays due attention to the enormous impact of geology and geography on the development of the colony and state but it also proves stunningly inclusive. The roles and contributions of women, African Americans (bonded and free), and Native Americans are discussed at length. Ready also appreciates and incorporates the tribulations and advances of the twentieth century—wars, depression, civil rights, demographic diversity, and economic improvements—as he brings North Carolina into the current era."—Alan D. Watson, professor of history, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and author of Society in Colonial North Carolina

"In this engaging and provocative original history of North Carolina, Ready illuminates the experience of an unpretentious people shaped by a diverse and not altogether welcoming land and seascape. From the outset, individualistic men and women coped with internal conflict as they settled diffusely in farmsteads and small villages, establishing patterns that continue to prevail on the land, even as Tar Heels embrace urbanization and greater diversity today."—Lindley S. Butler, coeditor of The North Carolina Experience: An Interpretive and Documentary History

"Ready has written one of the most inclusive histories of North Carolina to date. He grasps the phenomenon of the North Carolina experience and brings the life of marginalized groups out of the archives and into the public consciousness. The Tar Heel State is a scholarly and compelling story of the divergent experiences of the state’s masses—full of interesting facts and details that are often absent in other studies on the same subject." —Joyce Blackwell, chair of the Department of History and Political Science, St. Augustine’s College, and author of No Peace without Freedom: Race and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 1915-1975

"Informative and well-crafted, Ready’s comprehensive one-volume history of North Carolina deserves a place on the shelf of every North Carolina library and home. It is essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand the history of North Carolina and will be of immense benefit to those interested in the roles African Americans have played throughout the history of the state." —Olen Cole Jr., chair of the Department of History, North Carolina A&T State University

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By David Montgomery on December 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Milton Ready has written an inclusive, yet fairly concise history of North Carolina from the failed attempt of colonization on Roanoke Island in 1585 to modern North Carolina, now one of the most diverse and populated states in the country. In highly readable prose, this book is sure to become a welcome addition to the other sources on this state, a state rich in history.

North Carolina was the site of the first attempt for English colonization in the late 16th Century, though it was short lived. Through the sketches and descriptions by John White and others we get to see the Natives already inhabiting the coast as well as their culture. Ready also gives us a good background on the geology and geography that made North Carolina unique and how it determined the future growth (slowly) for this state.

Ready traces the major points of early North Carolina's history including the years of the Lords Proprietors presence and attempts to form and establish this region, the British Royal rule of the colony (though never really strong), to the debates and issues that led North Carolina to espouse independence from British rule and hence join with its sister colonies to form a new independent nation. North Carolina's role however was not as pronounced as some other colonies and as Ready shows throughout North Carolina's history, it was slow to change and accept the consequences that came along with that change.

North Carolina, at least early on, never enjoyed the benefits or the subsequent negative results of major industrialization and growth. North Carolina lacked major cities, major ports, as well as an emphasis on improving basic infrastructure and education and other important aspects that contribute to the rise in development and economic prowess of a region.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa Miller on February 18, 2007
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Had to get this book for a class...packed full of info! (and it reads like a real book and not a "text book".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David G. Schmidt on February 13, 2008
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A well written, east to read History of N.C.. Ready provides enough detail, yet at the same time keeps the subject matter flowing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By looking for bargins on August 10, 2008
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I am working towards getting my teaching license and this book was recommended for teaching NC history. It is an excellent book!
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An excellent well documented and detailed history of the State of North Carolina; which makes this book an excellent read and resource book. If your historical interest and focus is on the State of North Carolina, this is a must read along with Dr.Milton Ready's book, "Remembering Asheville".
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda on December 28, 2012
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The information included in this book was very informative and interesting to all who read it. It is a good composite of NC History.
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Milton Ready, Professor Emeritus of History at UNC Asheville, lives and writes amidst the beauty of western North Carolina. Author of regional histories, fiction, and essays, Milton attended both Rice and the University of Houston before earning a PhD from the University of Georgia. His work is informed by a childhood spent in rural, rough knuckle Texas, a stint in the Army, and a love for the history of humble places.

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