Popular World War Books Reborn in the New Century

RALEIGH, NC Feb. 21, 2013 – “North Carolina and the Two World Wars” returns to print in a single volume two of the most popular titles published by the N.C. Historical Publications Section. Sarah McCulloh Lemmon did the groundbreaking work on two earlier titles, and Nancy Smith Midgette has combined and bridged the works in a newly published volume.


Based on extensive research in the State Archives, Dr. Lemmon’s “North Carolina’s Role in the First World War” (1966) and “North Carolina’s Role in World War II” (1964) provided an introduction to the Tar Heel experience in these two pivotal events of the 20th century. For this new work, Dr. Midgette extensively updated and expanded Dr. Lemmon’s long-out-of-print texts. In addition, she researched and wrote a new chapter that discusses the interwar period between 1918 and 1941. The result is a concise, yet compelling, one-volume work surveying the events over four decades that boldly brought North Carolina into the Modern Era.

Dr. Sarah McCulloh Lemmon (1914-2002) was one of North Carolina’s preeminent historians. She earned a Ph.D. in history from UNC-Chapel Hill and served a distinguished 35 year career at Meredith College.  Dr. Nancy Smith Midgette earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Georgia and is professor of history at Elon University. She authored “To Foster the Spirit of Professionalism: Southern Scientists and State Academies of Science,” and a number of journal articles.

“North Carolina and the Two World Wars” (paperbound; pp. ix, 245; illustrations; index; 2013) sells for $24.55, which includes tax and shipping. Order from the Historical Publications Section (PR), Office of Archives and History, 4622 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4622. For credit card orders call (919) 733-7442, ext. 0, or visit the section’s secure online store. The book is also available through local bookstores and Amazon.com.

The Historical Publications Section is in the Office of Archives and History and part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.