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Rob Christensen, author of The Rise and Fall of the Branchhead Boys

September 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Free

Louisiana had the Longs, Virginia had the Byrds, Georgia had the Talmadges, and North Carolina had the Scotts. In this history of North Carolina’s most influential political family, Rob Christensen tells the story of the Scotts and how they dominated Tar Heel politics. Three generations of Scotts—W. Kerr Scott, Robert Scott, and Meg Scott Phipps—held statewide office. Despite stereotypes about rural white southerners, the Scotts led a populist and progressive movement strongly supported by rural North Carolinians—the so-called Branchhead Boys, the rural grassroots voters who lived at the heads of tributaries throughout the heart of North Carolina.

Weaving together interviews from dozens of political luminaries and deep archival research, Christensen offers an engaging and definitive historical account of not only the Scott family’s legacy but also how race and populism informed North Carolina politics during the twentieth century.

Details

Date:
September 18
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Website:
https://www.malaprops.com/event/unc-press-presents-rob-christensen-author-rise-and-fall-branchhead-boys

Venue

Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe
55 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
Phone:
8004419829
Website:
malaprops.com