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Hard Times

Rob Christensen

in The Rise and Fall of the Branchhead Boys: North Carolina’s Scott Family and the Era of Progressive Politics

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781469651040
eISBN:
9781469651064
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651040.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The Great Depression made a hard life even worse. Out of the rural poverty, Kerr Scott led a re-organized State Grange to fight for famer interests. This provided Kerr Scott with a political base to ... More


The Last Spittoon

Rob Christensen

in The Rise and Fall of the Branchhead Boys: North Carolina's Scott Family and the Era of Progressive Politics

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781469651040
eISBN:
9781469651064
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651040.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Kerr Scott is elected to the Senate in 1954, defeating race-baiting tactics by his opponent. Despite his progressive record as governor, Scott was not one of the Senate’s liberals and did not cut as ... More


Haw River

Rob Christensen

in The Rise and Fall of the Branchhead Boys: North Carolina's Scott Family and the Era of Progressive Politics

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781469651040
eISBN:
9781469651064
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651040.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Kerr Scott’s roots were in a dairy farm in the middle of the state. Scott was influenced by the passage of a referendum to finance the first school in the area – a measure that passed by one vote ... More


Appointment to Superior Court

Anna R. Hayes

in Without Precedent: The Life of Susie Marshall Sharp

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807832141
eISBN:
9781469605807
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807887813_hayes.12
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter discusses Susie Sharp's appointment as the first woman judge in North Carolina, which owed as much to a quirky gubernatorial election in which the courthouse crowd backed the losing ... More


Low-Voltage Sutton

Rob Christensen

in The Rise and Fall of the Branchhead Boys: North Carolina's Scott Family and the Era of Progressive Politics

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781469651040
eISBN:
9781469651064
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651040.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Kerr Scott also leaned on the power companies to extend electric and telephones to the countryside to help bring farmers into the 20th century. He was also more moderate on racial issues than most ... More


Uprisings

Tom Eamon

in The Making of a Southern Democracy: North Carolina Politics from Kerr Scott to Pat McCrory

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9781469606972
eISBN:
9781469612478
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9781469606989_eamon.6
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter shows how two committed neopopulists sought the highest positions in their respective states—James “Kissin' Jim” Folsom, who was elected as Alabama's governor in 1946, and Kerr Scott, ... More


Dr. Frank and Aftermath

Rob Christensen

in The Rise and Fall of the Branchhead Boys: North Carolina's Scott Family and the Era of Progressive Politics

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781469651040
eISBN:
9781469651064
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651040.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Kerr Scott shocked the political world by appointing Frank Porter Graham, the president of the University of North Carolina and the South’s leading liberal to a U.S. Senate vacancy. But Graham was ... More


1948

Rob Christensen

in The Rise and Fall of the Branchhead Boys: North Carolina's Scott Family and the Era of Progressive Politics

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781469651040
eISBN:
9781469651064
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651040.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Kerr Scott won one of the biggest upsets in North Carolina history when he was elected governor, defeating a well-entrenched political machine that had controlled state politics for decades. Scott ... More


Mud Tax

Rob Christensen

in The Rise and Fall of the Branchhead Boys: North Carolina's Scott Family and the Era of Progressive Politics

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781469651040
eISBN:
9781469651064
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651040.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

With his mandate, Kerr Scott started one of the nation’s largest road building programs, designed to pave the thousands of dirt roads that most country people used. Scott used all his political ... More


Introduction

Rob Christensen

in The Rise and Fall of the Branchhead Boys: North Carolina's Scott Family and the Era of Progressive Politics

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781469651040
eISBN:
9781469651064
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651040.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter provides an overview of North Carolina’s leading political family, the Scotts. It examines the rural progressivism that was a powerful influence in mid-20th century North Carolina, and ... More


The Rise and Fall of the Branchhead Boys: North Carolina's Scott Family and the Era of Progressive Politics

Rob Christensen

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781469651040
eISBN:
9781469651064
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651040.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Louisiana had the Longs, Virginia had the Byrds, Georgia had the Talmadges, and North Carolina had the Scotts. In this history of North Carolina’s most influential political family, Rob Christensen ... More


Conclusion

Rob Christensen

in The Rise and Fall of the Branchhead Boys: North Carolina's Scott Family and the Era of Progressive Politics

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781469651040
eISBN:
9781469651064
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651040.003.0016
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

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 ... More


My Share of Responsibility: Citizen and Neighbor

Leonard Rogoff

in Gertrude Weil: Jewish Progressive in the New South

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781469630793
eISBN:
9781469630816
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469630793.003.0012
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

In her later years she continued her community activism in poverty relief, health care, and interfaith and interracial relations. She served on the Charles B. Aycock Memorial Commission. Her personal ... More


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