how about Eng and Chang Bunker, thenoriginal Siamese twins, who, after theynmade their pile on Barnum’s circuit,nlived the rest of their lives alternately onnadjacent plantations near AndynGriffith’s Mount Airy, the prototype forn”Maybe rry”?nOr maybe you don’t care much fornpoliticians but like business and professionalntypes. How about industrialistsnlike the Dukes, Haneses, and Reynoldses?nOr James K. Hall, the SouthernnKarl Menninger? You want writers?nHow about Thomas Dixon, who wasnnot only a fabulously successful evangelistnin New York and Boston but soldnmillions of copies of The Clansman,nwhich formed the basis for The Birth ofna Nation? Or Johnson J. Hooper, notnonly the grandnephew of one of ournSigners of the Declaration of Independencenand secretary of the ConfederatenCongress but also creator of thenfictional Captain Simon Suggs, thentrue ancestor of Faulkner’s Snopeses?nYou will find in the DNCB significantnfigures from literally every field ofnhuman endeavor — entrepreneurship,neducation, religion, all the arts, sciences,nand professions.nNor would I have you think that thenwomen, and the blacks, and the NativenAmericans have been neglected. Theynare very well represented. How aboutnGeorge Moses Horton, the black poetnwho taught the children of prominentnfamilies in antebellum days? Or JamesnG. Jones, the free black man fromnRaleigh who was President Davis’sncoachman and trusted confidentialnmessenger during The War? I couldngo on, and on.nThroughout the 19th century, to anneven greater degree than most of thenolder states, we drained off most of ournpopulation increase to the heroic endeavornof settling the West. Mr. Powellnhas recognized this as an importantnpart of our history, and has includednnot only those who played a significantnrole in our state but the Tar Heels-bornnwho built up newer commonwealths.nWe played, as is obvious, a major rolenin every Southern state to the West, allnthe way to Texas — providing themnwith governors, congressmen, clergymen,neditors, educators, and soldiers —nPresidents Jackson, Polk, and Johnson,nand the famous Senator Benton ofnMissouri, just to mention the top of thenlist.nBut, what is less well-known, ournnatives played almost as big a role innthe old Northwest, the region north ofnthe Ohio and east of the Mississippi.nConsider Abraham Lincoln’s mother.nOr William Allen, who walked to Ohionas a boy and was for years in thenantebellum period a senator and bossnof the Democratic Party in that state.nOr “Uncle Joe” Cannon, who as anchild left the Quaker settlements nearnGreensboro, moved to Illinois, and grewnup to be the most powerful Speaker thenHouse of Representatives has ever had.nOr Richard J. Catling, who left thenfamily plantation in Hertford Countynto go off to the Midwest and invent andnmanufacture the Catling gun. In fact,nif you are a WSP whose family settlednthe Midwest before I860, you have anone-in-three chance of having NorthnCarolina blood in your veins. This isnnot to mention later and less systematicnTar Heel immigration; Richard Weavernof The Ingersoll Foundation’snWeaver Award, for instance.nThe Far West? How about Kit Carson,nthe famous mountain man ofnNew Mexico? A longtime Chief Justicenof Washington State? Joe Lane,none of the great pioneer figures ofnOregon? Or O.P. Fitzgerald, who notnonly founded Methodism in Californianbut was a contemporary of Bret Hartenand Mark Twain in developing Californianliterature?nWhy am I so enthusiastic about thenDNCB? Not only because of the qualitynof the scholarship and the masterfulninclusiveness of the design in everynrespect. Not only because of the traditionnand civic heritage that is representednby the pietas of its conceptionnand broad collaboration of its execution,nboth so rare and unexpected innthis day and age. But because it containsnvast stores of material on the realnlife and real deeds and real thoughtsnand motives of a large slice of realnAmericans. In a dark time when ournculture is reduced to trashy novels andnMTV, our politics to whining andnsmugness and hypocritical platitudes,nand our history to Hollywood docudramasnand warped ahistorical interpretationsnof our great documents andnevents, this is something for which wencan be truly thankful.nnnnGOING HOMEnby George RochenFrom the novel: “The lastnthree quarters of a centurynhave gone by in a hurry, andnthere’s a lot of it I probablyndidn’t understand. But there’snone thing I know for sure.nThey say you can’t go homenagain. They’re wrong.”n6iThis is a delightful book, anmemoir in form and fiction innmethod. 99nANDREW LYTLEn6i/4 sensitive and poignantnaccount about the West whosenvirtues, despite industrialnprogress and technology, stillnsurvive. 99nPublishers WeeklynFOR VISA ANDnMASTERCARD ORDERSnCALL 800-253-3200next. 801n2.95 hardboundn(Ml residents addn4% sales tax)nFree Shipping!nHILLSDALEnCOLLEGEnPRESSnHillsdale, Mln49242nJULY 1990/37n