Circa 1903: North Carolina's Outer Banks at the Dawn of Flight
Larry E. Tise (Author)
DescriptionStanding along the coast of today's Outer Banks, it can be hard to envision the barrier island world at Kitty Hawk as it appeared to Wilbur and Orville Wright when they first arrived in 1900 to begin their famous experiments leading to the world's first powered flight three years later. Around 1903, the islands and inland seas of North Carolina's coast were distinctive maritime realms--seemingly at the ends of the earth. But as the Wrights soon recognized, the region was far more developed than they expected.
This rich photographic history illuminates this forgotten barrier island world as it existed when the Wright brothers arrived. Larry E. Tise shows that while the banks seemed remote, its maritime communities huddled near lighthouses and lifesaving stations and busy fisheries were linked to the mainland and offered precisely the resources needed by the Wrights as they invented flight. Tise presents dozens of newly discovered images never before published and others rarely seen or understood. His book offers fresh light on the life, culture, and environment of the Carolina coast at the opening of the twentieth century, an era marked by transportation revolutions and naked racial divisions. Tise subtly shows how unexplored photographs reveal these dramatic changes and in the process transforms how we've thought of the Outer Banks for more than a century.
University of North Carolina Press
May 27, 2019
6.9 X 0.6 X 9.6 inches | 0.95 pounds
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About the Author
Larry E. Tise became the Wilbur and Orville Wright Distinguished Professor of History at East Carolina University in 2000. He holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina and was a history administrator for many years, as well as a founder and president of the National Council on Public History. His research ranges from early explorers Thomas Harriot and Sir Walter Raleigh to the Wright brothers and the origins of flight. He examined the Wrights as a Faculty Fellow at the NASA Langley Research Center from 1999 until 2003. He studied the John Carter Brown Library's vast collection of sixteenth century hand-colored maps and books as resident Alden Fellow in 2016.
A surprising and remarkable book . . . [It] gives the readers the opportunity to see what the Wright Brothers described in their diaries.--Failure Magazine