Decades Series

The 1940s: The Decade of Transformation

North Carolina began the 1940s as a mainly rural, isolated state hit hard by the Great Depression. But by the end of the decade, it was a different kind of state: one we recognize as our home.


Tales of a Traveling Library

On the back roads of Madison County, a woman and her trusty bookmobile delivered a passion for reading to the area’s most remote residents.


Supper with the Cherokee Trio: Corn, Beans, and Squash

The Cherokee trio of corn, beans, and squash have long been grown together for a more robust harvest and superior flavor. But that doesn’t mean you’ll see them all on one plate. (Well, maybe, if you know where to look.)


Ramblin’ Man: The Coharie Queen

Joyce Locklear knows the tribe’s dances because she danced them. She knows its struggles because she lived them. She knows the next generation because she taught them.


The Man Who Built Charlotte

Hugh McColl — always brash, bold, and thinking big — reshaped the banking industry in the United States, and turned a medium-size city into a metropolis. And he’s not done yet.


Livingstone College Kicked Off a Football Tradition

A game played by Livingstone College in Salisbury and Biddle University in Charlotte — now Johnson C. Smith University — was the first football game between black colleges in United States history.


When the Water Comes: Decoration Day

Every year, an old family cemetery tucked in the woods on the northern shore of Fontana Lake becomes a gathering place. One woman, whose parents and grandparents worked this land, returns to ensure that a Southern mountain tradition carries on — rain or shine.