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Rob Christensen - 'The Rise and Fall of the Branchhead Boys' (Reserved Seating Available)

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 the era 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. Though the Scotts held power in various government positions in North Carolina for generations, they were instrumental in their own downfall. From Kerr Scott's regression into reactionary race politics to Meg Scott Phipps's corruption trial and subsequent prison sentence, the Scott family lost favor in their home state, their influence dimming and their legacy in question.

Rob Christensen, author of The Paradox of Tar Heel Politics, has been covering North Carolina politics for 45 years as chief political writer or political columnist for The News and Observer.

Seats will be available for the public without any purchase required. If you'd like a reserved seat and priority signing line ticket, you can prepurchase the book­. For big events all seats may fill up as we are limited in the number of people we can accommodate in-store. For more info on reserving a seat, click here.

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
North Hills
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
The Rise and Fall of the Branchhead Boys: North Carolina's Scott Family and the Era of Progressive Politics Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781469651040
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: University of North Carolina Press - May 13th, 2019

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.