History http://wfae.org en The Story Of Charlotte http://wfae.org/post/story-charlotte <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every July, America celebrates its beginnings so we’re going to look back on this city’s 251 year history with a historian who has studied and written about it for years.&nbsp; From our Scotch-Irish roots to our status as a major American city, from how the city got “liquored up” to the Miracle on the Hudson.&nbsp; And from the </span>Loray<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Mill Strike of 1929 to surviving the crash of 2008, learn how the Queen City came to be what it is today.</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 WFAE 54108 at http://wfae.org The Story Of Charlotte Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence http://wfae.org/post/mecklenburg-declaration-independence <p>May 20<sup>th</sup> has long been known as MeckDec Day here in the Queen City. It’s the day that, as the legend says, Mecklenburg Militia members came together to create a document that declared Mecklenburg County as free and independent from England in May of 1775, over year before the American Declaration of Independence. It’s a great story, that the idea of our independence started in a log courthouse in a small hamlet called Charlotte…. But is it true? It’s a controversial debate that’s been going on since our country was still in its infancy, and no one seems to have been able to bury the hatchet as to the Mecklenburg Declaration’s existence, or lack thereof. On this MeckDec Day, we’re joined by the author of a new book that lays out what we DO know, the arguments for and against the truth of the existence of the document and we’ll take you through all of it. Could it be real, or just a great local legend?</p><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 WFAE 51218 at http://wfae.org Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence The Making Of A Southern Democracy http://wfae.org/post/making-southern-democracy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In modern history, especially over the past six or seven decades, North Carolina has changed in many ways, in terms of growth, economy, race relations, and education. These changes were all affected by politics and political shifts throughout the years. A new book on North Carolina political history goes into great depth in explaining how intertwined many of these changes were with each other and how that depended on who was in office. We’ll be joined by the author of </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Making of a Southern Democracy: North Carolina Politics From Kerr Scott to Pat McCrory</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Tom </span>Eamon<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who will take us through some of the turmoil and political change to explain why elections and people in office matter, how race relations have changed the state and its politics and about the change in party balance from the 1950’s to today.</span></p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 05:00:00 +0000 43133 at http://wfae.org The Making Of A Southern Democracy Girls Of Atomic City (Rebroadcast) http://wfae.org/post/girls-atomic-city-rebroadcast <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The world is at war and you want to help fight it. So you board a train to a secret town in Tennessee that doesn't appear on any map, to work on a project that you will never truly know about. And, yet, this project will end the war. That was the fascinating story for the thousands of woman who toiled to help build a bomb without really knowing that's what they were doing. Frequent guest Denise </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kiernan</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> chronicles this mystery in her latest book, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Girls of Atomic City</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span>Kiernan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> uses exhaustive research and interviews with living war veterans to uncover how the Army managed to keep the project secret from its own workers and she highlights the stories of some of the women who worked there. She'll share her story with us when Charlotte Talks Friday, Sept. 6.</span></p><p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Charlotte Talks 34704 at http://wfae.org Girls Of Atomic City (Rebroadcast) The Story Of 'Historic' South End http://wfae.org/post/story-historic-south-end <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charlotte's South End wasn't always a hip, vibrant district of shops, restaurants and condos filled with young people that's currently thriving along the city's light rail line. The district right outside of Center City along South Boulevard got its start in the 1850's when the first railroad line came to Charlotte and cotton mills and neighborhoods like </span>Dilworth<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> started to spring up around the rail corridor to house mill workers. But when the cotton mills moved out, South End turned into a vacant, barbed-wired and even dangerous wasteland. We'll talk to some of the people responsible for bringing it back to life about the history of the area from train to trolley to light rail. A look at the surprising story of 'Historic' South End from cotton mills to food trucks, when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 04:00:00 +0000 30456 at http://wfae.org The Story Of 'Historic' South End The Surprising Story Of Charlotte's South End http://wfae.org/post/surprising-story-charlottes-south-end <p>Some of the hottest restaurants and hippest gatherings in Charlotte are just beyond Uptown, in the neighborhood known as South End.&nbsp; Developers have taken note: enough apartments are under construction to double South End's population by 2015.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">City leaders say it's a shining example of what transit can do. But there's so much more to the story.</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:47:24 +0000 Julie Rose 28825 at http://wfae.org The Surprising Story Of Charlotte's South End The Feud: Hatfields And McCoys http://wfae.org/post/feud-hatfields-and-mccoys <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We'll meet the author of a new book about the 100-year-old feud between the </span>Hatfields<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and the </span>McCoys<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The families, who famously battled for generations in southern Appalachia, may have begun their feud over a bunch of pigs. No matter the true origin of the battles, the families have captured the imaginations of people across the country for years and the story of the feud has more recently been chronicled in documentaries, TV miniseries and several books. We'll talk with the author of a book on the </span>Hatfields<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>McCoys<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with some new takes on their revenge story, when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p> Fri, 24 May 2013 04:00:00 +0000 27812 at http://wfae.org The Feud: Hatfields And McCoys The Girls Of Atomic City http://wfae.org/post/girls-atomic-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The world is at war and you want to help fight it. So you board a train to a secret town in Tennessee that doesn't appear on any map, to work on a project that you will never truly know about. And, yet, this project will end the war. That was the fascinating story for the thousands of woman who toiled to help build a bomb without really knowing that's what they were doing. Frequent guest Denise </span>Kiernan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> chronicles this mystery in her latest book, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Girls of Atomic City</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span>Kiernan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> uses exhaustive research and interviews with living war veterans to uncover how the Army managed to keep the project secret from its own workers and she highlights the stories of some of the women who worked there. She'll share her story with us when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p> Thu, 02 May 2013 04:00:00 +0000 26401 at http://wfae.org The Girls Of Atomic City Old Salem And Mountains To Sea Trail http://wfae.org/post/old-salem-and-mountains-sea-trail <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Part One: Old Salem.</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Just as our country was being forged in the halls of the Continental Congress and birthed in the Revolutionary war, a group of hardy Moravian immigrants was building a settlement in the Piedmont of North Carolina. The town of Salem sprang up and still remains just outside of Winston-Salem. Today it is a living museum, a window into some of the earliest founders of our state. </span>We’ll<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> visit with the President of Old Salem Inc., a company devoted to the settlement and to educating North Carolinians and other visitors on life in colonial North Carolina. Follow us back in time when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 04:00:00 +0000 23544 at http://wfae.org Old Salem And Mountains To Sea Trail How Weather Changed History http://wfae.org/post/how-weather-changed-history <p>Many people feel a little bit down on rainy days but find that they are smiling and happy when the sun shines. Kids get excited when it might snow and we all watch thunderstorms anxiously, but weather can have a much larger and more critical influence on our lives. Throughout history, major events have been shaped by the weather conditions. The outcome of major battles, famous discoveries and critical dates in our history have been impacted by storms or extreme temperature conditions. We'll&nbsp;look at some of the most famous moments in history and how weather played a role.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 05:00:00 +0000 22708 at http://wfae.org How Weather Changed History