Southern Culture

The Central Interscholastic Athletic Association: Historical Development is a Regional Sports Experience

In this presentation, Douglas Jackson gives a historical perspective on the Central Interscholastic Athletic Association, formerly the Colored Interscholastic Athletic Association. Included are examinations of how local and regional small college home teams organized the association, and the social, artistic, and economic impact on North Carolina and the American Sports Tradition. Founded in 1912, this association of historically Black colleges and universities hosts the "third most attended basketball tournament among all NCAA divisions."

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Tar Heel Traveler Sports!

Scott Mason is WRAL-TV's Tar Heel Traveler, whose feature stories air Monday through Thursday at 5:55 PM. Scott has featured many sports stories since his series debuted in 2007--sports such as football, basketball, baseball and hockey, but also croquet, table tennis, horse racing, skydiving, and motocross. The stories often include compelling profiles of athletes and offer a broad picture of how they and their sport embedded themselves into North Carolina history.

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Playing for Empowerment: Mill Town Baseball During the Depression Era

During the dark days of the Depression the rural South had little to hang its hopes on: God, family, and baseball.

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Tea Anyone? The Sweet History of Iced Tea

Every day, all across North Carolina, people sit down together and share their meals, their stories, their hopes, and their dreams over a frosty glass of good ol' Southern Iced Tea! Tea, the favorite drink of many cultures and the official drink of the American South, has many a story to tell. But how did the “house wine of the South,” Sweet Iced Tea, come to be?


Trailing Daniel Boone – D.A.R. Marking Daniel Boone’s Trail, 1912-1915

One hundred years ago, the Daughters of the American Revolution left for us all a legacy of patriotic commemoration—Daniel Boone’s Trail. During 1912-1915, the Daughters in North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky erected 45 metal tablets across four hundred miles to honor the life of Daniel Boone and to mark for future generations his path through the Appalachian Mountain barrier, a path that enabled America’s Western Movement.

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Heroes of a Divided Culture

The American Civil War commands as much interest and intrigue today as it has since the Confederate surrender at Appomattox, Virginia on April 9, 1865.  Much of that interest lies in the enduring need, especially of Confederate descendants, to find a direct and intimate “blood” kinship between those who fought that war and ourselves.

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What Makes a Southern Story Southern?

Southern stories are more than tangled tales of honeysuckle and kudzu. The thirteen states that comprise the Old South have collectively produced some of the nation’s finest writers and the past century’s most honored books.

While some insist that “authentic” Southern stories must include a dead mule, Tamra Wilson begs to differ. In this presentation she will share from her own research the six essentials that define Southern fiction and memoir. You’ll never look at Southern literature quite the same way again. 

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Southern Selves: The Child as Storyteller

Coming-of-Age stories are regarded by some as quintessentially American, and few have succeeded as well as Harper Lee and James Agee. Both offer compelling approaches to the Southern narrative.

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The Culture of Bluegrass Music in North Carolina: My Life As An Accidental Bluegrass Musician

Gathering in old tobacco barns and general stores across the state, the culture of Bluegrass music and the old South still permeates our everyday lives. While many people associate Kentucky with Bluegrass Music, many of the pioneers of this American art form were North Carolina born and bred. In fact, when one considers the confluences of African, Scottish and English musical heritage, a strong case can be made that Bluegrass was, in fact, born in N.C.

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After Appomattox: North Carolina Civil War Monuments, 1865-1965

A solitary Confederate soldier facing north atop a granite pillar guarding the county courthouse is perhaps the twentieth century South’s most recognizable image. However, this stereotypical depiction belies the complex and nuanced reality of North Carolina’s Civil War memorials. From the earliest carved marble shafts above mass graves of unknown Confederates to commercially produced soldiers still watching over many courthouses, the story of our state’s Civil War monuments is as varied as the war was divisive.

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