Echoes of a strong governor

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Words rushed out of the old book like a fresh wind.

Powerful words of hope from Shelby’s O. Max Gardner, the governor who led North Carolina during the Great Depression.

I recently found a faded and taped copy of his public papers and letters in Cleveland County Memorial Library.

Stuff like that is usually dirt dry. But this collection, published in 1937 by the N.C. Council of State, speaks to the economic problems of today.

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