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History Invented: A Con Man Reports on the Colonists

“John Ferdinand Dalziel Smyth” was an Englishman who traveled through North Carolina and other places before and during the Revolution.  He later published his observations on the unruly colonists in a lively and well-written book called A Tour in the United States of America, which is often quoted or excerpted in the accounts of other […]

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Those Dreadful Borderers

“Carolina,” wrote Virginia Governor Thomas Culpeper in the 1680’s, “(I meane the North part of it) alwayes was and is the sinke of America, the Refuge of our Renagadoes.” The Rev. John Urmstone, minister of a local parish from 1710 to 1721, described the area as “an obscure corner of the world inhabited by the […]

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Those Dangerous Quakers

  What could be more threatening, to an aristocratic member of a rigidly hierarchical society, than a man who refused to remove his hat for his betters? Who refused even to address his betters as “Master” or “Mistress,” and addressed everyone with the familiar “thee” instead of the respectful “you?” Quakers believed in the equal […]

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