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Family Dollar Stores Encyclopedia


Family Dollar is a discount store chain, with headquarters in Matthews, North Carolina. The company operates over 7,100 stores in 45 states and in Washington D.C. As one of the first discount stores, Family Dollar expanded to over 6,800 stores in 44 states and competes with large companies such as Costco, Dollar General, and Wal-Mart.

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David Fanning (1755-1825) Encyclopedia

David Fanning led a tumultuous life and was a controversial figure during and after the Revolutionary War.  Once a Patriot, Fanning turned to the Loyalist cause and was able to raise as many as 950 men for his missions.

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Edmund Fanning (1737-1808) Encyclopedia

Friend of Royal Governor William Tryon and clerk of the Superior Court of Orange County, Edmund Fanning angered many North Carolina Regulators, who accused him of embezzlement and abuses of power.  After helping put down the Regulator Rebellion, Fanning accompanied Lord Tryon to New York, where he worked in the royal colony's administration and remained a Loyaist during the American Revolution.

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Fayetteville and Western Plank Road Encyclopedia

“The longest and most noted of the plank roads constructed in North Carolina,” the Fayetteville and Western Plank Road stretched 129 miles from Fayetteville to Bethania, a Moravian village outside of Salem.  But its size contributed to its demise as a major avenue of trade.

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Fayetteville Convention of 1789 Encyclopedia

Called by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1789, the Fayetteville Convention was the second meeting to consider ratification of the Federal Constitution in North Carolina. It followed the Hillsborough Convention, at which delegates, rather than rejecting the new Constitution, refused to ratify it.

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Fayetteville Observer Encyclopedia


The Fayetteville Observer is one of North Carolina’s oldest and largest independent newspapers.

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Fayetteville State University Encyclopedia

The first normal school for African Americans in North Carolina, Fayetteville State University (FSU) was established in 1867 as the Howard School. Although FSU was once a school strictly for the education of teachers, the school grew in the 1950s as new programs were added to the institution’s curricula. Today, over 6,300 students currently attend FSU and the institution offers a Freshman Year Initiative program to incoming students.

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Fayetteville, City of Encyclopedia

A bustling, 1800s hub of trade and political activity, home to an important arsenal and center of trade during the Civil War, and home to Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force bases during the twentieth century, Fayetteville has played an important role in North Carolina history and will continue to do so.

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Federal Emergency Relief Administration Encyclopedia

Signed into law on May 12, 1933, the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) was a New Deal government-spending program established to give direct cash assistance to the impoverished.  Different from work relief agencies such as the National Recovery Administration and the Public Works Administration, which created jobs for the unemployed, FERA offered only short-term subsistence support. FERA’s poor design coupled with its low per capita grants failed to assuage the effects of the Great Depression in North Carolina.

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Federal Paper Board Company Encyclopedia

Some historians have criticized the paper and pulp companies of southeastern North Carolina for threatening the local environment.  Environmentalists have been especially concerned with the effect of the paper and pulp industry in the area known as the Green Swamp located east of Columbus in Brunswick County.  However, some paper and pulp companies have been actively involved in preserving the environment that they have used for profit.

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Federalist Party Encyclopedia

Originally, the term “Federalist” referred to supporters of the federal constitution of 1787.  Though the Federalist Party existed for less than half of a century, it helped define the new nation. Though they may have lost many political battles, Federalists may have won the war, for their vision of a cosmopolitan and industrialized America eventually came to fruition.

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James Few (1746-1771) Encyclopedia

A Regulator leader from the Hillsborough area, James Few was executed the next day after the Battle of Alamance. He had earned a reputation for "promoting the disturbance of the country."

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Albert Earle Finley (1895-1986) Encyclopedia

As the eleventh child of Washington and Sallie Webster Finley, Albert Earle Finley truly understood America was the land of opportunity from a young age.

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Mills Higgins Flack (1838-1900) Encyclopedia

Though Mills Higgins Flack (1838-1900) was a politically active and religiously devout veteran, he also had a dark side: a cruel and exploitative relationship with his black sharecroppers. This bad blood eventually led to the horrific Forest City lynching.

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Alfred Johnston Fletcher (1887-1979) Encyclopedia

Alfred Johnson Fletcher, the seventh of fourteen children, was born in 1887 in the mountains of North Carolina.  After studying law at Wake Forest College, he opened a practice in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. His greatest achievement was the Capitol Broadcasting Company, which he created when he applied for a 250 watt AM station in 1937.  When he went on the air in 1939, he was only the second radio station in Raleigh.

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