[Ads-l] (Modest) blog post on early "Tar Heels"

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 17 16:53:35 UTC 2022

Excellent work, Bonnie! Your essay is an important contribution on
this complicated topic. Thanks for the acknowledgement.

On Tue, May 17, 2022 at 7:30 AM Bonnie Taylor-Blake
<b.taylorblake at gmail.com> wrote:
> I recently put together some research on very early uses of "tar heels" and how the epithet may have been attached to North Carolinians. Some of this has appeared on ADS-L before, but I thought I should make a more coherent story out of these posts and incorporate some of your suggestions and finds.
> If you're interested, you can read about this at
> https://btaylorblake.com/2022/04/29/who-put-the-tar-in-tar-heels/
> Comments, questions, and criticisms are welcome, of course.
> I'm grateful to ADS-L members for their feedback along the way, especially Fred Shapiro, who made me aware of an important Civil War diary containing the moniker. I also owe thanks to Garson O'Toole and Peter Reitan, who shared on the list important examples of the phrase "tar on the heel."
> -- Bonnie

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