History

Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Tue July 8, 2014

The Story Of Charlotte

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.  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.  And from the Loray Mill Strike of 1929 to surviving the crash of 2008, learn how the Queen City came to be what it is today.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence

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May 20th 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?

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

The Making Of A Southern Democracy

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 The Making of a Southern Democracy: North Carolina Politics From Kerr Scott to Pat McCrory, Tom Eamon, 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.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Girls Of Atomic City (Rebroadcast)

Denise Kiernan, Author of The Girls of Atomic City

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 Kiernan chronicles this mystery in her latest book, The Girls of Atomic City. Kiernan 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.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue July 2, 2013

The Story Of 'Historic' South End

The historic trolley's route started on the backside of Atherton Market. Today the trolley 'carbarn' is a popular farmer's market.
Credit Shook Kelley

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 Dilworth 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.

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Local News
10:47 am
Mon June 10, 2013

The Surprising Story Of Charlotte's South End

South End's rebirth started with renovation of Atherton Mill. Today the Icehouse restaurant has replaced Southend Brewery.
Julie Rose

Some of the hottest restaurants and hippest gatherings in Charlotte are just beyond Uptown, in the neighborhood known as South End.  Developers have taken note: enough apartments are under construction to double South End's population by 2015. 

City leaders say it's a shining example of what transit can do. But there's so much more to the story.


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

The Feud: Hatfields And McCoys

The Hatfield Clan of the Hatfield-McCoy feud circa 1897.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

We'll meet the author of a new book about the 100-year-old feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys. 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 Hatfields and McCoys with some new takes on their revenge story, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu May 2, 2013

The Girls Of Atomic City

Denise Kiernan, Author of The Girls of Atomic City

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 Kiernan chronicles this mystery in her latest book, The Girls of Atomic City. Kiernan 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.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Old Salem And Mountains To Sea Trail

Part One: Old Salem. 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. We’ll 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.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu March 7, 2013

How Weather Changed History

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 look at some of the most famous moments in history and how weather played a role. 

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