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Powell, professor emeritus of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, spent 15 years compiling this first single-volume encyclopedia of the Tarheel State. The encyclopedia is intended to serve "those who love and live in North Carolina," and it is clearly a product of great affection as well as scholarship. It completes a trilogy of reference works on North Carolina, following Powell's North Carolina Gazetteer (1968) and Dictionary of North Carolina Biography (1979-96).

The encyclopedia consists of more than 2,000 signed, alphabetically arranged entries written by 600 contributors. There are brief entries (Cardinal, Cheerwine ); substantive articles (Biltmore House, Pirates, Pottery ); and in-depth surveys (American Revolution, Lumbee Indians, Mining ). The expected historical, political, and economic topics (Civil rights movement, Wine and winemaking ) are included, but also here are articles about food (Barbecue, Okra, Ramps, Scuppernong grape ); popular dance (Buck dancing, Clogging, Step dancing ); and words with North Carolina etymology (Hooker, Mooning ) that make the encyclopedia fascinating to browse. Four hundred illustrations and 22 maps enhance the articles. Many articles conclude with references that would have been otherwise difficult to identify. The detailed index pulls together scattered information on broad topics such as music and railroads.

There are indications that articles were not updated after their initial submission. The article on Ice hockey mentions the Carolina Hurricanes' loss in the 2002 Stanley Cup finals but not the team's 2006 victory. The article on Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation mentions its reaching "icon status" in 1997 but not its difficulties of the last few years. Southern Indian Studies is cited as a publication of the North Carolina Archaeological Society, but that publication became North Carolina Archaeology in 1997.

The only comparable encyclopedia is the Encyclopedia of North Carolina, edited by Frank Gille (Somerset Publishers, 1999). The State Library of North Carolina [http://statelibrary.dcr.state.nc.us/] offers the free, online EN*CYCLOPEDIA, which is a fine source for many factual out-of-state school assignments. Neither of these sources approaches the scholarship of the new work. The University of North Carolina Press plans to offer Encyclopedia of North Carolina Online eventually but focused first on this print edition. No date for the electronic version has been announced.

Its scholarship, abundance of engaging details, and reasonable price make the Encyclopedia of North Carolina an essential purpose for academic and large public libraries and for secondary school libraries supporting regional interests. Christine Whittington
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"An informative and engaging guide of North Carolina. Never before has the entire history and culture of the state been skillful[y] explicated in a single all-inclusive book."
-- "The Courier"

"An outstanding single-volume encyclopedia spanning the 400-year history of the state. . . . An important contribution to regional history collections and is indispensable for all North Carolina libraries."
-- "CHOICE"

"An extremely valuable and vitally useful contribution, full of important insights, interpretations and intelligence."
-- "Journal of Southern History"
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1328 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (November 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807830712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807830710
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 2.8 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Hall on January 18, 2007
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I got the Encyclopedia of NC as a gift for my Dad. I was able to browse through it before I gave it to him. The variety of entries on North Carolina is exhaustive (the subject "privies" is included). Most entries are concise but others longer. My dad keeps it by his easy chair and reads it regularly. I can easily say it is the best gift I have given him in his 85 years. I think it belongs in at least every native North Carolinian's home.
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What a wonderful book...We can`t put it in the bookcase...it stays on the table, and everyone that walks in the room picks it up.
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This book has lots of wonderful information about the Tar Heel State. I recommend the book to newcomers to our state as well as to NC natives. This would be a great resource for students in the fourth grade to use.
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I have really enjoyed this book. I have learned so many things about my state. Of course it has the major information but it is the small details and locations that amaze me. I already have 2 other people wanting to read it when I am finished.
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This is an edited work by many authors, clearly with bias. If you want information on place names in North Carolina, get the Gazetteer. If you want biographies, check out the many other sets on the subject. If you set back and start to read a section you will get the facts which may be succinct, or flow like a story. The major theme is what happened to the history of the state, not 'what is happening now.' Enjoy the journey.
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A great book by a great historian. Not only is this an essential reference guide to all things in North Carolina, but it represents a culmination Professor Powell's career, one of North Carolina's greatest treasures. I purchased it not only because I wanted it but also as a means of honoring Professor Powell. In regard to the comment about the lack of biographies in this book, I assume that comment was made in jest. But for those not familiar with Professor Powell's previous works, he previously published (in the late 1970's and 1980's) a six volume "Dictionary of North Carolina Biographies."
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I received this book for Christmas from my best friend. I have waited a long time for William Powell to complete his final touches on this book, and publish it.

Several thousand articles are well written and available at your fingertips. All subjects are placed in alphabetical order. The book is heavy and bulky, but easy to navigate. The book contains important information about the historical events of our great state of North Carolina.

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Grab a glass of sweet tea, a fried chicken leg,and two pieces of pecan pie. Make time to read and share portions of this book with your children. Teach them how important it is to learn your state's history. Share the facts and events that not only made North Carolina great, but how North Carolina shaped the history and future of the United States of America.
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Absolutely marvelous long-over-due book that gives you NC at a glance!
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