riting in 1941, Christopher Crittenden (longtime director of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History) declared: "Our histories should be something of broad, general interest — not merely for the professional historians, not merely for the genealogists, not just for any other limited group, but instead for the people at large."
The publication of the revised edition of The Way We Lived in North Carolina in the centennial year of the North Carolina Historical Commission (which presides over Archives and History) is a fitting tribute to Crittenden's vision of a democratic history. This single-volume publication offers a narrative overview of the state's history and historic places . . . . Introduction