Blog Posts: Tamia Grace Taylor

NC History and the Law: Prohibition in North Carolina

After becoming interested in the HBO show Boardwalk Empire, a show about Prohibition in the late 1920s and 30s, I was inspired to research Prohibition in North Carolina. As of today, North Carolina is one of eighteen (18) US states in which the government controls the sale and purchase of alcohol.


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Posted by Tamia Grace Taylor on Thu. November 21, 2013 10:56 AM
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We have what? Nomolexikon: A Law-Dictionary from 1670

Black’s Law Dictionary was first published in 1891 and it is widely used by students and laypeople who wish to learn about the law and its specialized jargon. It is currently in its ninth (9th) edition of publication. Because it is so widely used and notable, Black’s Law Dictionary can be used as a secondary legal authority and is often referenced in legal briefs, memos and court opinions.

However, before Black’s Law Dictionary, there was no central authority for legal definitions and scholars often published their own dictionaries to publicize and try to make uniform various definitions. Of the many dictionaries that have, the oldest one that the UNC Law Library holds is from 1670.


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Posted by Tamia Grace Taylor on Mon. October 28, 2013 5:55 PM
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North Carolina History and the Law: Dueling

In the little town of New Bern in 1802, two well-known North Carolinian politicians by the name of Richard Dobbs Spaight and John Stanly were the cause of a minor spat that turned into a law. Richard Dobbs Spaight who became the 8th Governor of North Carolina, was also a delegate to the Continental Congress, served in the North Carolina House of Commons and was Speaker of the House. Notably, he also signed the U.S. Constitution when he was only 29 years old. View his signature. On the other hand, John Stanly (years younger than Spaight) was a Federalist Congressman for North Carolina and had also previously been elected to the House of Commons.


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Posted by Tamia Grace Taylor on Thu. October 3, 2013 11:47 AM
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We have WHAT? The Hawaiian Constitution?

As I am going through all the rare books we have in the Rare Book Room, I stumbled upon this gem that both confused me and interested me. This is why I am sharing it with you.

Tucked away in between the many historical copies of various state constitutions and codes are two copies of the 1841 Hawaiian Code that were donated to the law library. As a state library, we hold various sources of legal information for public research. We actually have various rare books that cover lots of historical information from other countries and states.


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Posted by Tamia Grace Taylor on Thu. September 19, 2013 10:25 AM
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We have what??

Although many students are not aware, the Law Library has lots of rare books in our Rare Book Room.

We have a Rare Book Room? Yes, we do have a Rare Book Room and it is behind a locked door (which is probably why no one really notices it) but there are so many resources behind that door.

To show a few of the many items we have behind this “invisible” door, there are two display cases located on the 4th Floor Reading Room of the Library that can show you what we have. Some are funny, some are random and some are interesting.


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Posted by Tamia Grace Taylor on Thu. August 29, 2013 12:49 PM
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