with our special guest
Dr. Troy Kickler
- Founding Director
North Carolina History Project
Presidential candidates and their surrogates are streaming in to North Carolina as our presidential primary election nears. Conventional wisdom says if you want to call 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home, it is difficult to do so without winning our state. Although some may think battleground status is relatively new to North Carolina, it isn’t. In this presentation, Dr. Troy Kickler will discuss historical examples of contested politics during the Regulator Rebellion, and North Carolina’s battleground status in national debates, including the 1787 Constitutional Convention, the Ratification debates, and more North Carolina history.
About Dr. Troy Kickler
Troy Kickler has been Founding Director of the North Carolina History Project since 2005. He holds an M.S. from North Carolina A&T State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. A recipient of numerous research awards and study grants, Kickler has taught at the secondary and post-secondary levels, including North Carolina State University.
In addition to editing northcarolinahistory.org, Kickler has created numerous workshops, including the JLF series A Citizen’s Constitutional Workshop and The State of Our Constitution. He has also delivered presentations and lectures in various public and academic venues, from local civic groups to the American Political Science Association. He has authored The King’s Trouble Makers and currently is co-editor of the upcoming North Carolina Founders: A Reexamination. He has served on various advisory boards and commissions.
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