The North Carolina Politics Project
The series examined four key themes: (a) the evolution of African American political activity in North Carolina since the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965; (b) the Republican Party's resurgence and related partisan realignment of recent decades; (c) the evolution of women's political activity in North Carolina since the 1960s; and (d) the prominence of volatile cultural and social politics in the state's political contests and debates in the same time period.
In February 1997, the SOHP sponsored a well-attended public panel discussion and reception, "Preserving Our Political Past," to celebrate the project's completion.
The North Carolina Politics Project spawned a related, follow-on project, the "North Carolina Republican Party" oral history series, which focused specifically on the history of the state GOP in this century. This second series, which was the subject of an extensive feature story, "What Led to the Republican Resurgence?" in the July 6, 1997, edition of the Raleigh News & Observer, includes eighteen sessions with leading Republicans.
Interviews from both the North Carolina Politics Project and the North Carolina Republican Party series (together with a small group of additional interviews completed earlier by Dr. Jonathan Houghton as part of his dissertation research on the history of the Republican Party in North Carolina, and by Howard Covington and Marion Ellis) are listed in combined form as Series A-3, "North Carolina Politics, 1994-" in the Southern Historical Collection's full online listing of the entire SOHP interview collection.
The Southern Oral History Program
Center for the Study of the American South
Love House and Hutchins Forum
410 East Franklin St., CB# 9127, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-9127