Durham County: A History of Durham County, North Carolina
Jean Bradley Anderson is the author of Carolinian on the Hudson: The Life of Robert Donaldson, The Kirklands of Ayr Mount, and Piedmont Plantation: The Bennehan-Cameron Family and Lands in North Carolina. A professional genealogist and freelance contract researcher, Anderson formerly conducted research for the North Carolina Office of Archives and History, contributing to the prize-winning multivolume The Way We Lived in North Carolina.
In this revised and expanded second edition of Durham County, Jean Bradley Anderson extends her sweeping history of Durham from the seventeenth century to the end of the twentieth. Moving beyond traditional local histories, which tend to focus on powerful families, Anderson integrates the stories of well-known figures with those of ordinary men and women, blacks and whites, to create a complex and fascinating portrait of Durham’s economic, political, social, and labor history. Drawing on extensive primary research, she examines the origins of the town of Durham and recounts the growth of communities around mills, stores, taverns, and churches in the century before the rise of tobacco manufacturing. A historical narrative encompassing the coming of the railroad; the connection between the Civil War and the rise of the tobacco industry; the Confederate surrender at Bennett Place; the relocation of Trinity College to Durham and, later, its renaming as Duke University; and the growth of health-service and high-technology industries in the decades after the development of Research Triangle Park, this second edition of Durham County is a remarkably comprehensive work.
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