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

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Wed May 18 17:53:05 UTC 2022

Excellent indeed, Bonnie!
(The name trajectory reminds me a bit of Hoosier.)
I think you would do well to publish it in a history journal so more will appreciate your research.

From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> on behalf of Bonnie Taylor-Blake <b.taylorblake at GMAIL.COM>
Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2022 7:29 AM
Subject: (Modest) blog post on early "Tar Heels"

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


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

The American Dialect Society - https://urldefense.com/v3/__http://www.americandialect.org__;!!OToaGQ!4WXhg47LylDrR5967IYs9PV0A7maD2N38ttuZ7Beg1HWgFNRQr1Rot7u4V7hnwSM$

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

More information about the Ads-l mailing list