The Americana Series Monthly Challenge – July 2022: North Carolina

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The Americana Series Monthly Challenge – July 2022: North Carolina

1bhabeck
Jun 26, 9:42pm

Each month, we will visit a different state in the United States of America for the Monthly Reading Challenge in the Mystery & Suspense Extra! Group. This month, staying on the east coast, we move south to – North Carolina.

The Americana Series Monthly Challenge – July 2022: North Carolina


History
North Carolina is a state in the Southeastern region of the United States. The state is the 28th largest and 9th-most populous of the 50 United States. Raleigh is the state's capital and Charlotte is its largest city. The Charlotte metropolitan area, with a population of 2,595,027 in 2020, is the most-populous metropolitan area in North Carolina, the 21st-most populous in the United States, and the largest banking center in the nation after New York City. The Raleigh-Durham-Cary combined statistical area is the second-largest metropolitan area in the state and 32nd-most populous in the United States, with a population of 2,043,867 in 2020, and is home to the largest research park in the United States, Research Triangle Park.

The earliest evidence of human occupation in North Carolina dates back 10,000 years, found at the Hardaway Site. North Carolina was inhabited by Carolina Algonquian, Iroquoian, and Siouan speaking tribes of Native Americans prior to the arrival of Europeans. North Carolina was established as a royal colony in 1729 and was one of the Thirteen Colonies. North Carolina is named in honor of King Charles I of England who first formed the English colony, Carolus being Latin for "Charles". In 1755 colonial North Carolina received its first postmaster, James Davis, appointed by Benjamin Franklin. The Halifax Resolves resolution adopted by North Carolina on April 12, 1776, was the first formal call for independence from Great Britain among the American Colonies during the American Revolution. On November 21, 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the United States constitution.

After 1800, cotton and tobacco became important export crops. The eastern half of the state, especially the Coastal Plain region, developed a slave society based on a plantation system and slave labor. Planters owning large estates wielded significant political and socio-economic power in antebellum North Carolina. They placed their interests above those of the generally non-slave-holding "yeoman" farmers of North Carolina. While slaveholding was slightly less concentrated compared to some other Southern states, according to the 1860 census, more than 330,000 people, or 33% of the population out of 992,622 people in total, were enslaved African Americans. They lived and worked chiefly on plantations in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain regions of the state. In addition, 30,463 free people of color lived in the state. They were also mainly concentrated in the eastern coastal plain, especially at port cities such as Wilmington and New Bern, where a variety of jobs were available. Most were descendants from free African Americans who had migrated along with neighbors from Virginia during the 18th century. The majority were the descendants of unions in the working classes between white women, indentured servants or free, and African men, indentured, slave or free.

In the run-up to the American Civil War, North Carolina declared its secession from the Union on May 20, 1861, becoming the tenth of eleven states to join the Confederate States of America. Following the Civil War, the state was restored to the Union on July 4, 1868. The elections in April 1868 following the constitutional convention led to a narrow victory for a Republican-dominated government, with 19 African-Americans holding positions in the North Carolina State Legislature. In attempt to put the reforms into effect, the new Republican Governor William W. Holden declared martial law on any county allegedly not complying with law and order using the passage of the Shoffner Act.

By the 1990s, Charlotte had become a major regional and national banking center. Towards Raleigh, North Carolina State, Duke University, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, have helped the Research Triangle area attract an educated workforce and develop more jobs.

By the late 20th century and into the early 21st century, economic industries such as technology, pharmaceuticals, banking, food processing, and vehicle parts started to emerge as North Carolina's main economic drivers. This marked a shift from the states former main industries of tobacco, textiles, and furniture. Factors that played a role in this shift were globalization, the state's higher education system, national banking, the transformation of agriculture, and new companies moving to the state.

Geography

North Carolina is bordered by Virginia to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Georgia and South Carolina to the south, and Tennessee to the west.

North Carolina is defined by a wide range of elevations and landscapes. From west to east, North Carolina's elevation descends from the Appalachian Mountains to the Piedmont and Atlantic coastal plain. North Carolina's Mount Mitchell at 6,684 feet (2,037 m) is the highest point in North America east of the Mississippi River. Most of the state falls in the humid subtropical climate zone; however, the western, mountainous part of the state has a subtropical highland climate.

Fun Facts
In June 1718, the pirate Blackbeard ran his flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge, aground at Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina, in present-day Carteret County. After the grounding her crew and supplies were transferred to smaller ships. In November 1718, after appealing to the governor of North Carolina, who promised safe-haven and a pardon, Blackbeard was killed in an ambush by troops from Virginia. In 1996 Intersal, Inc., a private firm, discovered the remains of a vessel likely to be the Queen Anne's Revenge, which was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright successfully piloted the world's first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft at Kitty Hawk in North Carolina's Outer Banks. North Carolina uses the slogan "First in Flight" on state license plates to commemorate this achievement, alongside a newer alternative design bearing the slogan "First in Freedom" in reference to the Mecklenburg Declaration and Halifax Resolves.


Roanoke Island is the location of the first attempted English Colony. In 1587, Virginia Dare was the first English child born in the colony. Sadly and mysteriously, the colony and all its inhabitants disappeared not long after arriving with no trace except for the word “Croatoan” scrawled on a nearby tree.


The 1960s began with one of the most famous moments in Civil Rights History, and it happened right here in North Carolina. The “Greensboro Four” led a series of Sit-Ins at a Woolworth’s Lunch Counter and sparked similar protests in cities throughout North Carolina and elsewhere in the South. Today, you can visit the same Woolworth’s, which has now transformed into the International Civil Rights Center.


North Carolina was and is a leading producer of tar, turpentine, rosin, and pitch. ‘Tar Heel’ was a term used for workers who went barefoot to collect sap used for the production of tar and pitch. It was a derogatory term associated with low-class workers. During the Civil War, soldiers began to call themselves ‘tar heels’ and completely annulled the shame and humiliation associated with this moniker. Today, North Carolina is known the world over as the ‘Tar Heel State.’

The Biltmore Estate in Ashville is America’s largest mansion, the Biltmore Estate, which was built by wealthy railroad scion George Washington Vanderbilt II in the late 19th century. Tourists from across the world flock to the 255-room abode to enjoy its winery, lush gardens, and French chateau-inspired architecture.


Asheville, North Carolina, is a mecca for craft beer lovers. According to one recent report, the mountain getaway boasts the largest number of breweries per capita of any city in the United States, including Wicked Weed Brewing, Green Man Brewery, and Highland Brewing Company.


North Carolina’s Outer Banks are beautiful for tourists, but deadly for sailors. The region is nicknamed “The Graveyard of the Atlantic” thanks to a series of sandbars and strong currents that have sent countless ships to a watery grave. According to records, More than 5,000 ships met their end in this region. The Hatteras village on the island of Hatteras alone has seen more than 600 shipwrecks to date. The area around this region is considered unsafe for shipping vessels



During prohibition, North Carolina earned the title of “Moonshine Capital of the World.” NASCAR racing has its origin in bootlegging of illicit products during the prohibition years. Bootleggers used small vehicles to illegally distribute various products. Bootleggers would modify their cars to enhance their speed. After Prohibition was repealed, people from North Carolina continued to ‘moonshine’ for fun and other reasons.


In North Carolina, minerals and gemstones occur in abundance. The state is especially famous for its emeralds. North Carolina gave the world The Carolina Emperor, a 310-carat uncut emerald. The stone was cut into a 64-carat emerald stone and sold for $1.65 million at an auction in 2010.


Notable Residents

U.S. Presidents James K. Polk, Andrew Jackson, and Andrew Johnson were all from North Carolina. Andrew Jackson (March 15, 1767 – June 8, 1845) was an American lawyer, general, and statesman who served as the 7th president of the United States from 1829 to 1837. Before being elected to the presidency, Jackson gained fame as a general in the United States Army and served in both houses of the U.S. Congress. An expansionist president, Jackson sought to advance the rights of the "common man" against a "corrupt aristocracy" and to preserve the Union.
James Knox Polk (November 2, 1795 – June 15, 1849) was the 11th president of the United States, serving from 1845 to 1849. He previously was the 13th Speaker of the House of Representatives (1835–1839) and ninth governor of Tennessee (1839–1841). A protégé of Andrew Jackson, he was a member of the Democratic Party and an advocate of Jacksonian democracy. Polk is chiefly known for extending the territory of the United States through the Mexican–American War; during his presidency, the United States expanded significantly with the annexation of the Republic of Texas, the Oregon Territory, and the Mexican Cession following American victory in the Mexican–American War.
Andrew Johnson (December 29, 1808 – July 31, 1875) was the 17th president of the United States, serving from 1865 to 1869. He assumed the presidency as he was vice president at the time of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Johnson was a Democrat who ran with Lincoln on the National Union ticket, coming to office as the Civil War concluded. He favored quick restoration of the seceded states to the Union without protection for the newly freed people who were formerly enslaved. This led to conflict with the Republican-dominated Congress, culminating in his impeachment by the House of Representatives in 1868. He was acquitted in the Senate by one vote.

John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Billy Taylor, and Nina Simone are just a sampling of legendary jazz artists who were born in North Carolina. Speaking of musicians, more American Idol finalists are from North Carolina than any other state. A few ordinary Tarheels whose lives were changed after they appeared on the hit reality TV show include Clay Aiken, Fantasia Barrino, and Chris Daughtry.

In 1893, one of the world’s most famous soft drinks was born in New Bern, North Carolina. A drugstore clerk named Caleb Bradham invented Pepsi, which he originally called “Brad’s Drink.” The former doctor-in-training believed his syrupy concoction aided digestion, and re-named the drink “Pepsi-Cola ” in 1898 after the word “dyspepsia.”

Mystery authors from North Carolina include: Anne Tyler, Kathy Reichs, Patricia Cornwell, and Margaret Maron. Authors in other genres include Orson Scott Card, Maya Angelou, Nicholas Sparks, David Sedaris and Kay Hooper.

In honor of NORTH CAROLINA, read a Mystery/Suspense book (any sub-genre will do!) that satisfies one or more of the following:

• A Mystery/Suspense book with "Fly/Flight," "North," "Green," "Lost," or "Race" in the title OR has a picture of an alcoholic drink, a sailing ship or a plane on the cover OR the word "TAR" appears in the title (eg Nectar. Tarp, Hectares, etc) OR the cover is 75% Green;

• A Mystery/Suspense book that takes place in North Carolina or one of the states that fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War OR includes a US President in a primary role OR has a main character that is a pilot; and

• A Mystery/Suspense book where the author's FIRST and LAST initial (no middle initials or names) can be found in NORTH CAROLINA.


Happy Reading ❤

2bhabeck
Edited: Jul 15, 9:24pm

Brenda's Americana Challenge - July 2022: North Carolina
3 of 3 Complete


In honor of NORTH CAROLINA, read a Mystery/Suspense book (any sub-genre will do!) that satisfies one or more of the following:

• A Mystery/Suspense book with "Fly/Flight," "North," "Green," "Lost," or "Race" in the title OR has a picture of an alcoholic drink, a sailing ship or a plane on the cover OR the word "TAR" appears in the title (eg Nectar. Tarp, Hectares, etc) OR the cover is 75% Green;
Tequila & Time by Ann Charles; Finished 7/1/22; 4 stars


• A Mystery/Suspense book that takes place in North Carolina or one of the states that fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War OR includes a US President in a primary role OR has a main character that is a pilot; and
The Secret, Book and Scone Society by Ellery Adams; takes place in NC; Finished 7/9/22; 3 stars

• A Mystery/Suspense book where the author's FIRST and LAST initial (no middle initials or names) can be found in NORTH CAROLINA.
Gone Haunting in Deadwood by Ann Charles; finished 7/14/22; 4.5 stars

3Carol420
Edited: Jul 6, 2:48pm


Carol Visits North Carolina to Honor Her Cherokee Friend, Laura White Owl
3/3 - DONE 7/6
🏁 - ★

🏁 1. A Mystery/Suspense book with "Fly/Flight," "North," "Green," "Lost," or "Race" in the title OR has a picture of an alcoholic drink, a sailing ship or a plane on the cover OR the word "TAR" appears in the title (eg Nectar. Tarp, Hectares, etc) OR the cover is 75% Green
This Might Hurt - Stephanie Wrobel - 4.5★


🏁2. A Mystery/Suspense book that takes place in North Carolina or one of the states that fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War OR includes a US President in a primary role OR has a main character that is a pilot; and
Once Gone - Blake Pierce - 1★ (Virginia)

🏁3. A Mystery/Suspense book where the author's FIRST and LAST initial (no middle initials or names) can be found in NORTH CAROLINA.
Shiver - Allie Reynolds - 4.5★ (A & R)

4Olivermagnus
Edited: Jul 29, 6:56pm



In honor of NORTH CAROLINA, read a Mystery/Suspense book (any sub-genre will do!) that satisfies one or more of the following:

North Carolina - First in Flight

3
of 3 Complete

🛩 A Mystery/Suspense book with "Fly/Flight," "North," "Green," "Lost," or "Race" in the title.
Life Flight - Lynette Eason - 3 Stars - 7/7/22

🛩 A Mystery/Suspense book that takes place in North Carolina.
Nightwork - Nora Roberts - 4 Stars - 7/18/22

🛩 A Mystery/Suspense book where the author's FIRST and LAST initial (no middle initials or names) can be found in NORTH CAROLINA.
Cold Ridge - Carla Neggers - 3.5 Stars - 7/28/22

5Andrew-theQM
Edited: Jul 26, 11:07am

Andrew’s North Carolina Tour

• A Mystery/Suspense book with "Fly/Flight," "North," "Green," "Lost," or "Race" in the title OR has a picture of an alcoholic drink, a sailing ship or a plane on the cover OR the word "TAR" appears in the title (eg Nectar. Tarp, Hectares, etc) OR the cover is 75% Green;

✔️ The Patience of Maigret by Georges Simenon Read :11/7/22 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

• A Mystery/Suspense book that takes place in North Carolina or one of the states that fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War OR includes a US President in a primary role OR has a main character that is a pilot; and

✔️Mercy by David Baldacci, 26/7/22 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️♥️ North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama

• A Mystery/Suspense book where the author's FIRST and LAST initial (no middle initials or names) can be found in NORTH CAROLINA.

✔️Dark Flight by Lin Anderson Read : 7/7/22 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

6gaylebutz
Jul 1, 5:06pm

I'm going to read The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain.
It's set in North Carolina.

>5 Andrew-theQM: You mentioned Chamberlain in the other thread. I liked the suggestion!

7Andrew-theQM
Jul 2, 5:12am

>6 gaylebutz: It seems a lot of her books are set in North Carolina. Hope you enjoy it.

8Sergeirocks
Edited: Jul 27, 4:19pm

The Piper on the Mountain - Ellis Peters 4★s (Green cover)
The Service of the Dead - Candace Robb 4★s (Author’s initials in NORTH CAROLINA)
The President’s Daughter - James Patterson & Bill Clinton 4.5★s (Featuring a US President)

9Andrew-theQM
Jul 7, 12:07pm

Finished first one, Dark Flight by Lin Anderson. Author’s initials in North Carolina. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

10bhabeck
Jul 9, 3:14pm

>3 Carol420: Well Done!

11Andrew-theQM
Jul 13, 12:08pm

Book 2 : The Patience of Maigret by Georges Simenon, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Green cover.

12gaylebutz
Jul 20, 9:56pm

Done - The Midwife’s Confession by Diane Chamberlain - 4.5 *.
It’s set in North Carolina.

13Carol420
Jul 21, 7:59am

>12 gaylebutz:


Well done, Gayle.

14Andrew-theQM
Edited: Jul 26, 11:08am

Finished the challenge with a real humdinger! Mercy by David Baldacci, which rounds off the Atlee Pine Series and takes place in a few of the Confederate States : North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️♥️

15Carol420
Edited: Jul 26, 11:37am

>14 Andrew-theQM:


Good job, "Question Master". Haven't called you that in a long time:)

16Olivermagnus
Jul 29, 6:56pm

All Done!

17Carol420
Jul 29, 7:02pm

>16 Olivermagnus:



Congrats on a job well done.

19Sergeirocks
Jul 31, 5:17pm

>18 bhabeck: 👍🙂

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