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World War II (1941-1945)
Baseball
by Sumner, Jim L. Baseball has been popular in North Carolina since the late nineteenth century. Baseball's antecedent, rounders, was widely played in antebellum North Carolina. Modern baseball was apparently [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Blimps
by Chalker, Stephen D. Before the United States entered World War II in December 1941, only one lighter-than­air—or blimp—base existed on the East Coast, in Lakehurst, New Jersey. With the growing possibility of war with [...] (from Tar Heel Junior Historian, NC Museum of History.)
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
by Williams, Wiley J. In 1927 Wilburt C. Davison, dean of the newly created Duke Medical School, began to tackle the problem of inadequate medical care in North Carolina. With the assistance of Watson S. Rankin, director [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Blues
by Holden, Charles J., Baker, Bruce E. North Carolina boasts significant contributions to the musical tradition known as the blues. Throughout its formative decades, the blues was the music of solo artists rather than groups, with the [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Boll Weevils
by Helms, Douglas. Boll weevils, or cotton boll weevils, were a significant problem to North Carolina cotton growers during much of the twentieth century. The boll weevil (Anthonomus grandis) came to the attention of [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
British Atlantic Coast Naval Actions
by McKinley, Cynthia Risser, McKinley, Shepherd W. British Atlantic Coast Naval Actions "A Foreign Field that is Forever Changed" by Dr. Shepherd W. McKinley and Cynthia Risser McKinley * Reprinted with permission from the Tar Heel Junior [...] (from Tar Heel Junior Historian, NC Museum of History.)
British Cemetery
by Branch, Paul. The British Cemetery on Ocracoke Island is a small cemetery containing the graves of four British navy personnel killed while helping defend the North Carolina coast against German U-boats [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Broughton, Joseph Melville (from Research Branch, NC OA&H)
by Hill, Michael. J. Melville Broughton (1888-1949), the only native of Wake County to serve as governor of North Carolina, led the state through most of the World War II era. Born in Raleigh on November 17, 1888, the [...] (from Research Branch, NC Office of Archives and History.)
Brown Bagging
by Coffin, Alex. Brown bagging was the widespread practice of customers bringing liquor into restaurants in brown paper bags, purchasing soft drink set-ups and then mixing their own drinks at the table. Brown bagging [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)

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