As a recent transplant to the state, I found this article quite interesting. I'm glad to hear of an ongoing progressive tradition in the state, but I think Moser misrepresents Charles B. Aycock. Aycock became governor through violent suppression of the African-American vote. He later backed a literacy test that cemented African-American disenfranchisement. Aycock was a big supporter of education, but even in this area he advocated a kind of trickle-down theory of education; as C. Vann Woodward describes in The Strange Career of Jim Crow, Aycock argued that educating whites would inevitably benefit blacks. If Obama is at home in any NC political tradition, it can't possibly be a tradition that flows through Aycock.
Bruce E. Barnhart
Oct 29 2008 - 9:51pm