Southern Oral History Program

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The Southern Oral History Program website has an interesting interview with Governor Gardner by Thad Eure here. Excerpt: C.J.: Let me get back to the 1932 election, did you support Franklin Roosevelt as the nominee before the convention? Restriction: Permission from interviewer required for quotation. page 37 Eure: Yeah, was presidential elector. C.J.: But before the convention of the Democratic … Read More

Women’s Suffrage

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Although women’s suffrage bills continued to be tabled or rejected, the issue actually had a great deal of support within North Carolina. Among those officially endorsing suffrage were a wide variety of well-respected women’s organizations, as well as the Southern Baptist Conference, Southern Methodist General Conference, and the North Carolina Farmers Union. Virtually all of the state’s mainstream newspapers were … Read More

Bridges to Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — This Throwback Thursday we’re looking back on the bridge that so many of us in this area use each and every day. The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge opened on October 1, 1969. In the early part of the 1900’s, residents used ferries to cross the Cape Fear River. That changed in 1929 when the Twin Bridges … Read More

Campbell: Higer education vacancies

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In 1930, Governor O. Max Gardner commissioned the Brookings Institution, a private non-partisan think-tank, to come up with suggestions “to promote increased efficiency and economy in the conduct of the governmental affairs of the State.” They recommended and we consolidated the existing three public universities into one system. Governor Luther Hodges asked Dallas Herring, chair of the State Board of … Read More

Brookings Plan – NC History Project

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The Brookings Plan was a collection of reforms proposed by the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C. think tank. Searching for economic solutions to the state’s financial problems, Governor O. Max Gardner commissioned the plan shortly after the onset of the Great Depression. The Great Depression threatened to bankrupt North Carolina. Tax revenues had collapsed, leaving the government unable to pay … Read More

GWU to induct first members of Education Hall of Fame in June

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The induction ceremony for the inaugural GWU School of Education Hall of Fame is planned for June 25 at 6 p.m. at Gardner-Webb University. The event will include a dinner program and the unveiling of the new Education Hall of Fame, located on the third floor of the Tucker Student Center… The 2015 inductees include Dr. George Litton, Hoyt Bailey, … Read More

UNC Charlotte, NC State Researchers Receive UNC Board of Governors’ Highest Faculty Honor

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Pinku Mukherjee, Irwin Belk Endowed Professor of Cancer Research at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Klopman Distinguished Professor of Textile Materials at North Carolina State University, are the 2015 recipients of the O. Max Gardner Award — the highest faculty honor given by the Board of Governors of the 17-campus University of North Carolina. The … Read More

Governor O. Max Gardner and the Great Depression

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Gardner took office as governor only months before the stock market crash of 1929, and the Great Depression that followed presented Gov. Gardner with many unforeseen challenges. One of his many initiatives was to promote his “Live-at-Home” program to encourage the planting of crops for subsistence… Read Article

Could UNC system be pared?

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The Charlotte Post Could UNC system be pared? Lawmaker offers consolidation as possibility by Herbert L. White N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory’s proposed $135 million cut to the University of North Carolina system has lawmakers thinking about closing one or more campuses. State Sen. Pete Brunstetter, a Winston-Salem Republican and co-chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said the chamber is casting … Read More