The Paradox of Tar Heel Politics

The Paradox of Tar Heel Politics

The Personalities, Elections, and Events That Shaped Modern North Carolina

eBook - 2010
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The University of North Carolina Press
How can a state be represented by Jesse Helms and John Edwards at the same time? Journalist Rob Christensen answers that question and navigates a century of political history in North Carolina, one of the most politically vibrant and competitive southern states, where neither conservatives nor liberals, Democrats nor Republicans, have been able to rest easy. It is this climate of competition and challenge, Christensen argues, that enabled North Carolina to rise from poverty in the nineteenth century to become a leader in research, education, and banking in the twentieth.

In this new paperback edition, Christensen provides updated coverage of recent changes in North Carolina's political landscape, including the scandals surrounding John Edwards and Mike Easley, the defeat of U.S. senator Elizabeth Dole, the election of the state's first woman governor, and voters' approval of an African American candidate for president. The book provides an overview of the run-up to the 2010 elections and explains how North Carolina has become, arguably, the most politically competitive state in the South.


Paradox of Tar Heel Politics: The Personalities, Elections, and Events That Shaped Modern North Carolina

Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2010
Edition: 2nd ed., rev. and updated
ISBN: 9780807899632
0807899631
9781469606286
1469606283
0807871516
9780807871515
Characteristics: 1 online resource (359 pages) : illustrations

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