Business & Politics

Loray Strike

The Loray Mill Strike in Gastonia

Demands for higher pay and a 40-hour workweek ignite a furor in Gastonia in 1929.
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The History of Family Dollar Stores

Leon Levine built Family Dollar Stores from a basement bargain shop in Charlotte to a Fortune 500 company with thousands of stores across the nation. Now the man who created an empire is giving it away.
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How The Post Office Delivers Us The World

A mail carrier’s job is famously monotonous. But follow him — or her — around long enough, and understand the joy in a carrier’s day is bringing excitement to others.
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Jim Hunt: A Biography by Gary Pearce

Gary Pearce, Hunt’s confidant while in office and since, brings us the first insider’s look at Hunt’s years in public life.
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Opposites Attract

North Carolina’s odd couple embraced their similarities to form a powerful political team.
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Belk-Hensdale in Lumberton circa 1940s

Main Street Merchant

Although Belk stores today pepper suburbs throughout the South, the Charlotte-based retailer remembers its roots as a downtown business built on bargains and service.
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Jerry Neal

Everyday Inventor

Jerry Neal of RF Micro Devices helped build a company on the microchips in cell phones, but it’s the little daily projects that keep him going, whether he’s fixing up an antique radio or replacing lightbulbs.
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