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To Right These WrongsThe North Carolina Fund and the Battle to End Poverty and Inequality in 1960s America$
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Robert R. Korstad and James L. Leloudis

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833797

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807895740_korstad

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Battle Lines

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To Right These Wrongs

Robert R. Korstad

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes the poor in North Carolina as the foundation upon which the state's modern social and economic order was built. That structure first took shape during the last quarter of the nineteenth century, as North Carolinians struggled over the organization of wealth and power in the new commercial economy that arose from the death of slavery. Change came about at a frenzied pace. Between 1880 and 1900, the state and private investors financed the construction of more than five thousand miles of new railroad that snaked through the countryside, linking once isolated communities to regional and national webs of trade. On the outskirts of small towns and cities, merchant entrepreneurs built cotton and tobacco factories that turned farmers' crops into profitable commodities, primarily cigarettes, thread, and cloth.

Keywords:   poor, North Carolina, economic order, commercial economy, slavery, private investors

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