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Encyclopedia of North Carolina Hardcover – November 20, 2006
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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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-- "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."
"An extremely valuable and vitally useful contribution, full of important insights, interpretations and intelligence."
-- "Journal of Southern History"
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
useless for any current pertinent information about the state of NCPublished 5 months ago by Gerri F.
Great book filled with lots of info. Fun to peruse in my free moments. Not a book that I'd sit and read for hours, though.Published 9 months ago by Westie Mom
I love this book....it is huge and covers everything you can think of about North Carolina. Well worth the money.Published on January 7, 2014 by Sue S Wall
This is a great book both for reference and interesting facts. We'll enjoy it for years to come and will pass it along to other family. Great tool for school projects.Published on December 24, 2013 by DonnaTSings
I've gave this book to by boyfriend for Christmas. He like to read all about the history in N.C.. Great gift for the history buffs.Published on November 12, 2013 by lynn
Thought it would have longer articles. Very terse information. Did cover a lot. Not enough pictures and most pictures were old.Published on July 24, 2013 by Galaleo