Excerpt from Internal Improvements in North Carolina Previous to 1860
The aim of this study has been to present the movement for internal improvements as it affected the State as a whole, and to discuss the most important enterprises that were undertaken during a limited period. In its prepar ation I have used State laws, reports of the various State officers and the State newspapers of the time. There are also some contemporary narratives, such as Judge Mur phy's Memorial, which have been of assistance. But, for the greater part, I have had to depend upon the docu ments found in the State Library at Raleigh. In addition to this, President Peacock kindly gave me access to the very fine collection of North Carolina literature at Greens boro Female College.
The work stops at the outbreak of the Civil War, for there are several reasons why this is an appropriate point to close the subject. In the first place there was at that time a complete suspension of public works in the State. After the war those which were undertaken were of a different kind and were carried on by totally different methods. Then too, during reconstruction, the question was one which was intimately connected with politics, and was more than a mere question of internal development.
I owe to Dr. J. S. Bassett, of Trinity College, North Carolina, the suggestion. Of the subject of the study. I owe also my very sincere thanks to Dr. J. C. Ballagh, of the Johns Hopkins University: under whose direction the work has been carried on, and whose advice has been of the greatest assistance. C. C. W.
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