Columnist: DG Martin

Jun. 30, 2015 @ 04:09 PM

The biggest news for me – no more Auman peaches

The biggest news for me this year?

Not ISIS, not Obamacare, not gay marriage, and not even the earth-shaking tragedy in Charleston.

This year's big news is that there are no more peaches at the Auman farm in West End near Pinehurst.


Jun. 23, 2015 @ 06:32 PM

Memories on the fault lines of race

Two people who wanted to be something else have grabbed our attention recently: Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP chapter president in Spokane, Washington, and Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner, the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion.


Jun. 18, 2015 @ 11:33 PM

Waterloo and Magna Carta – important anniversaries

This was a big week for important historical anniversaries.

There are two of them. It is the 200th anniversary of one big event and the 800th of another.


Jun. 16, 2015 @ 12:45 PM

Martin: Why we lost war on terrorism

“I am a United States Army general, and I lost the Global War on Terrorism.”


Jun. 08, 2015 @ 11:17 PM

Testing you about new work by noted North Carolina authors

Let’s see how well you are keeping up with recent books by North Carolina authors.

See how many new books and authors you can identify from the following clues


Jun. 02, 2015 @ 10:50 AM

North Carolina’s forgotten “Only in America” story

He was the most famous North Carolinian in the country, for a moment back in the late 1950s and 1960s.

Today, you rarely hear his name. My children, who grew up in the 1970s a few blocks from where Harry Golden worked, do not remember him.


May. 26, 2015 @ 10:47 AM

Historian Leuchtenburg rates Obama

“How will historians rate Barack Obama’s presidency?”

Following up my conversation last week with historian William Leuchtenburg about the challenges Hillary Clinton faces in her campaign, I wanted him to begin to put Obama in historical perspective, a challenging task for anyone, but maybe not unfair to someone whose latest book, “The American President: From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton,” will be out in early December.


May. 19, 2015 @ 10:48 AM

Historian Leuchtenburg on Hillary Clinton’s challenges

Is it too early to start putting the 2016 presidential election in historical perspective?

Maybe.

But it is never too early to ask presidential historian and UNC-Chapel Hill emeritus history professor William Leuchtenburg to size up today’s presidential politics in light of the experiences of other presidents and presidential candidates.


May. 16, 2015 @ 03:43 PM

Iconic Chapel Hill twins pass century mark

On April 20, Chapel Hill celebrated the 100th birthday of Barbara Stiles and Bernice Stiles Wade at their home on Gimghoul Road in Chapel Hill, where the tulips, azaleas, and other flowers were busting out in a cavalcade of colors — a scene that draws visitors to their garden and front yard every day during the spring—especially when that famous sign is up—the one that says “The Garden is Open.”


May. 12, 2015 @ 09:19 AM

Surprising heroes in a long struggle for justice

Why does a moderate, progressive journalist write a book critical of his political idol, Terry Sanford, the late governor and senator, and make a hero of Republican U.S. Senator Thom Tillis?


May. 05, 2015 @ 06:13 PM

Bad news for politicians – and the rest of us, too

I have some bad news for North Carolina politicians.

Some of your best friends are dying.

It is not people that I am thinking about.

It is restaurants.


Apr. 28, 2015 @ 06:32 PM

North Carolina and the U.S. – Mexico border

What does the 1,969-mile border between the United States and Mexico have to do with North Carolina?

A North Carolina author delivers pages of answers in a book about his journey along the entire border from Boca Chica in Texas on the Gulf of Mexico to San Diego, California, on the Pacific Ocean.


Apr. 21, 2015 @ 11:06 AM

Martin: Is the Civil War over?

One hundred and 50 years later, is the Civil War finally over?


Apr. 17, 2015 @ 06:48 AM

William Powell, dean of North Carolina history

When UNC-Chapel Hill Professor Emeritus William Powell died last week at the age of 95, North Carolina lost its dean of history. With constant help and support from his wife Virginia, he authored countless books and articles, including the preeminent history of our state, “North Carolina Through Four Centuries,” all 670 pages of it. Even though it is now 25 years since its publication, it is still the best.


Apr. 14, 2015 @ 08:11 AM

Jesse Helms, police dogs, World War I, Meck Dec and good N.C. eating

Here are five recent books, starting with a novel featuring a thinly disguised Jesse Helms, by North Carolina authors to put on your bedside reading table.