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The Rise and Fall of the Branchhead BoysNorth Carolina's Scott Family and the Era of Progressive Politics$
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Rob Christensen

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469651040

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651040.001.0001

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The Rise and Fall of the Branchhead Boys

Rob Christensen

University of North Carolina Press

The Scott’s rural progressivism helped set North Carolina on a more moderate course than most of the South. But the sixties and seventies blunted that progressivism. The reasons included a white backlash to school integration, social unrest, the rise of the middle class, the decline of farming, and the difficulty in holding together black/white coalitions.

Keywords:   Kerr Scott, rural progressivism, white backlash, school integration, rise of the middle class, black/white coalitions, Vietnam War, decline of farming

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