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The Rise and Fall of the Branchhead Boys: North Carolina's Scott Family and the Era of Progressive Politics

Rob Christensen

Abstract

Louisiana had the Longs, Virginia had the Byrds, Georgia had the Talmadges, and North Carolina had the Scotts. In this history of North Carolina’s most influential political family, Rob Christensen tells the story of the Scotts and how they dominated Tar Heel politics. Three generations of Scotts – W. Kerr Scott, Robert Scott, and Meg Scott Phipps – held statewide office. Despite stereotypes about rural white southerners, the Scotts led a populist and progressive movement strongly supported by rural North Carolinians – the so-called Branchhead Boys, the rural grassroots voters who lived at the ... More

Keywords: W. Kerr Scott, Robert Scott, North Carolina, Populism, Southern Progressivism, race, Branchhead Boys, rural white Southerners, 20th Century Southern Politics, rural poverty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469651040
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651040.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rob Christensen, author