Lessons from North Carolina: Race, Religion, Tribe, and the Future of America


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About the Author

Gene R. Nichol is a law professor, commentator, and author of Indecent Assembly: The North Carolina Legislature's Blueprint for the War on Democracy and Equality (Blair) and The Faces of Poverty in North Carolina: Stories from Our Invisible Citizens. He was director of the UNC Poverty Center until it was closed by the UNC Board of Governors for publishing articles critical of the then governor and General Assembly. Since 2015, his research has been supported by the North Carolina Poverty Research Fund.


"Nobody speaks truth to power like Gene Nichol. Nobody. The potency of his words can be measured by the lengths to which the North Carolina GOP has gone to shut him up. Nichol raised the General Assembly's wrath enough for partisans to seek (ultimately unsuccessfully) to cut $3 million from the UNC Law School's budget, a proposal informally called the 'Gene Nichol Transfer Amendment.' And then there was the investigation that the right-wing powers governing UNC conducted of every center in the university system just to close his poverty center. But Nichol just keeps truth-telling. Here, he presents another searing critique of the political powers that be in North Carolina and the unconscionable path on which they have taken the Tar Heel state. His powerful account provides critical lessons about the road we must travel to recommit both the state and the country to the best of American ideals."--Maxine Eichner, The Free-Market Family: How the Market Crushed the American Dream (and How It Can Be Restored)"At a time when truth is often hard to find, Gene Nichol is not only willing to dig it up and dust it off, but with fierce intelligence and brilliant articulation, he shines a big bright spotlight and turns on the loudspeaker. Lessons from Carolina: Race, Religion, Tribe and the Future of America not only brings clear understanding of North Carolina's political landscape, but sounds a loud warning across the country about the perils of our democracy. This is an important, well researched, cautionary tale. Nichol gives us truth."--Jill McCorkle, New York Times bestselling author of Hieroglyphics, Life After Life, and others"Lessons from Carolina: Race, Religion, Tribe and the Future of America is a deeply personal call to every North Carolinian and to every American. Gene Nichol writes from the heart about his love for North Carolina's "mountains, its small towns, its rivers and streams, its barbecue, its basketball." Within this beautiful landscape, he eloquently locates both "the challenges and meaning of America" and argues that North Carolina is key to the future of our democracy. Never afraid to speak truth to power, Gene Nichol delivers unforgettable Lessons From Carolina, as he places the future of our nation and its democratic ideals clearly and firmly in our hands."--William Ferris, Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History Emeritus, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Praise for Gene Nichol from Indecent Assembly"The changes in North Carolina are shocking and depressing. Gene Nichol was either in the ring or agitating from a front-row seat. He knows this sad story because he was there. The war is still raging. And he's still fighting."--John Grisham, 2019"Gene Nichol's insights into the mercenary politics of our time resonate far beyond the North Carolina state line."--Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, Poor People's Campaign and Timothy B. Tyson, author of The Blood of Emmett Till and Blood Done Sign My Name