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Cotton Mill Colic vs. the Land of the Sky: From Gastonia to Asheville

The nearly two dozen posts I have published so far have focused on the Whisnant family, the first of whom entered the North Carolina Piedmont in the 1750s.  My Whisnant grandparents, Asbury and Ella, moved up the mountain to the so-called Land … Continue reading

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How’s That Again?: Some New Angles on Asheville and Western North Carolina History

  Perennial Problems with “Land of the Sky” History Since it first appeared in 1875, the “Land of the Sky” descriptor for Asheville has been perennially present, enticing and marketable. At the same time, however, it is important to realize … Continue reading

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How Did 1900 Asheville Happen?: A Retrospective in Four Parts–1850-1900

This post is a Table of Contents guide to what–from time to time over the next while–will become a series of four retrospective posts, each focusing on a topic central to the larger question of how “1900 Asheville” came to be … Continue reading

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“The Land of the Sky”: How a Phrase Went So Far, So Fast, and Lasted So Long

One of a three-part series, best read in order: 1.  Asheville as “The Land of the Sky”: The Novel, and a Phrase That Stuck 2. “The Land of the Sky”: A Brief Guide to the Novel and Its Moment 3. “The … Continue reading

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“The Land of the Sky”: A Brief Guide to the Novel and Its Moment

One of a three-part series, best read in order: 1.  Asheville as “The Land of the Sky”: The Novel, and a Phrase That Stuck 2. “The Land of the Sky”: A Brief Guide to the Novel and Its Moment 3. “The … Continue reading

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Asheville as “The Land of the Sky”: A Novel, and a Phrase That Stuck

One of a three-part series, best read in order: 1.  Asheville as “The Land of the Sky”: The Novel, and a Phrase That Stuck 2. “The Land of the Sky”: A Brief Guide to the Novel and Its Moment 3. “The … Continue reading

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