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Charles Brantley Aycock

by Oliver Orr The University of North Carolina Press (July 25, 2018)

Orr traces Aycock's growth from farm boy to practicing lawyer and on to that final eminence in which his fame spread beyond the state in connection with his brilliant oratory, his interest in public education,...


Forging the Atomic Shield

by Roger M. Anders The University of North Carolina Press (December 15, 2017)

Soon after his appointment as chairman of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission in 1950, Gordon E. Dean began an office diary composed primarily of notes from his telephone conversations. The diary contains Dean's...


Senator Sam Ervin, Last of the Founding Fathers

by Karl E. Campbell The University of North Carolina Press (November 19, 2007)

Many Americans remember Senator Sam Ervin (1896-1985) as the affable, Bible-quoting, old country lawyer who chaired the Senate Watergate hearings in 1973. Ervin's stories from down home in North Carolina, his...


Fighting Bob La Follette

by Nancy C. Unger The University of North Carolina Press (June 19, 2003)

Robert "Fighting Bob" La Follette (1855-1925) was one of the most significant leaders of American progressivism. Nancy Unger integrates previously unknown details from La Follette's personal life with important...


Thaddeus Stevens

by Hans L. Trefousse The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

One of the most controversial figures in nineteenth-century American history, Thaddeus Stevens is best remembered for his role as congressional leader of the radical Republicans and as a chief architect of Reconstruction....


A Good Southerner

by Craig M. Simpson The University of North Carolina Press (February 01, 2014)

Wise (1806-76) was extremely active on the Virginia and national political scene from the early 1830s to the mid-1860s, drawing popular support because of his projection of hopefulness and energy. Regarded as...


Ellsworth Bunker

by Howard B. Schaffer The University of North Carolina Press (July 21, 2004)

In this first biography of Ellsworth Bunker (1894-1984), Howard Schaffer traces the life of one of postwar America's foremost diplomats from his formative years as a successful businessman and lobbyist through...


Buncombe Bob

by Julian M. Pleasants The University of North Carolina Press (July 11, 2003)

Robert Rice Reynolds (1884-1963), U.S. senator from North Carolina from 1933 to 1945, was one of the most eccentric politicians in American history. His travels, his five marriages, his public faux pas, and...


Red Spy Queen

by Kathryn S. Olmsted The University of North Carolina Press (November 03, 2003)

When Elizabeth Bentley slunk into an FBI field office in 1945, she was thinking only of saving herself from NKGB assassins who were hot on her trail. She had no idea that she was about to start the greatest...


Ben Tillman and the Reconstruction of White Supremacy

by Stephen Kantrowitz The University of North Carolina Press (January 01, 2015)

Through the life of Benjamin Ryan Tillman (1847-1918), South Carolina's self-styled agrarian rebel, this book traces the history of white male supremacy and its discontents from the era of plantation slavery...


Marion Butler and American Populism

by James L. Hunt The University of North Carolina Press (November 20, 2003)

Exploring the life and leadership of Populist Marion Butler (1863-1938), James Hunt offers new insight into the challenges of American reform politics.

The son of North Carolina farmers and a graduate of the...


John Tyler, the Accidental President

by Edward P. Crapol The University of North Carolina Press (January 18, 2012)

The first vice president to become president on the death of the incumbent, John Tyler (1790-1862) was derided by critics as "His Accidency." In this biography of the tenth president, Edward P. Crapol challenges...


Josephus Daniels

by Lee A. Craig The University of North Carolina Press (May 01, 2013)

As a longtime leader of the Democratic Party and key member of Woodrow Wilson's cabinet, Josephus Daniels was one of the most influential progressive politicians in the country, and as secretary of the navy...


George Mason, Forgotten Founder

by Jeff Broadwater The University of North Carolina Press (November 13, 2009)

George Mason (1725-92) is often omitted from the small circle of founding fathers celebrated today, but in his service to America he was, in the words of Thomas Jefferson, "of the first order of greatness."...