The Early Days of Economic Localism

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Click to read “Allied Farmers, Small Businesses, and Woodrow Wilson: The Early Days of Economic Localism

Allied Farmers, Small Businesses, and Woodrow Wilson: The Early Days of Economic Localism – This is the second chapter of a work in progress currently titled Anti-Chain Store to Small Mart Revolution: Economic Localism in Modern America for publication by Blooming Twig Books in late 2017 or 2018. It will be the first of a multi-volume series to be called Localism in American Life.

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Art Menius: New slogan for Orange County?

Latest Chapel Hill News column Jan 19 2016
As the 2016 presidential campaign moved into its eighth and presumably final year, my longsuffering wife Becky asked, “how can people believe such tripe (not the actual word) and vote against their own best interests?”


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“Aunt Samantha” Bumgarner, Traditional Musician

This Day in North Carolina History

Bumgarner at the Asheville Mountain Music Festival, circa August 1938.
Image from American Roots Music.

On December 24, 1960, fiddle and banjo player and old-time ballad singer Sarah Samantha Biddix Bumgarner died.

Born in Tennessee in 1878, Bumgarner grew up in Dillsboro in Jackson County. Her father was the well-known fiddle player Has Biddix, and when he was not around Samantha used his fiddle to teach herself how to play. She also taught herself how to play the banjo.

Bumgarner and Sylva’s Eva Smathers Davis made history when they recorded a number of songs for Columbia Records in 1924 including “Shout Lou,” “Fly Around My Pretty Lil’ Miss” and “Cindy in the Meadow.”  They are credited as the first women to record country music.

Known as “Aunt Samantha,” Bumgarner played at banjo competitions in the Appalachian region. For more than 30 years, she performed at Bascom Lamar Lunsford’s annual…

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Art Menius: Remembrance of things past while moving forward

“When you are a kid, you think nothing will change. When you’re old, you thinking nothing should change except in retrograde. In between lots of us want to be the change.”