Print News and Raise Hell: The Daily Tar Heel and the Evolution of a Modern University

In this presentation Dr. Kenneth Zogry tells the captivating story of The Daily Tar Heel, the student newspaper of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC Chapel Hill). Founded in 1893, The Daily Tar Heel offers a fascinating lens through which the social, cultural, and political development of both the state’s flagship public university and the history of North Carolina since the late 19th century can be viewed. The newspaper was not merely a means for printing school news, but became a vehicle through which change and progress were championed both at UNC Chapel Hill and throughout the state.

The Daily Tar Heel also served as a springboard for the successful careers of many of its editors and staff, including Thomas Wolfe, Frank Porter Graham, and Charles Kuralt among many others. Culled from three years of extensive research for a book of the same title, Zogry’s presentation offers audiences stories from a century of The Daily Tar Heel, richly illustrated with many rare images. Covering issues of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and educational freedom, the topics in this presentation range from efforts to modernize the university in the late 19th century following its post-Civil War reopening, to physical and intellectual expansion in the 1920s and 1930s, anti-Communist hysteria in the 1940s and 1950s, the Civil Rights Movement and the infamous Speaker Ban Law of the 1960s, and the social and political change of the 1970s and 1980s.  

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