The John Locke Foundation
Cordially invites you to

Shaftesbury Society Luncheon

with our special guest

Dr. Troy Kickler

- Founding Director, North Carolina History Project
John Locke Foundation

"The King's Trouble Maker's: Edenton's
Role in Creating a Nation and State"

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Monday, February 17, 2014
12:00 p.m.

John Locke Foundation, 200 W. Morgan Street, Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27601

Price: $10.00(for lunch)

If you don't know about Edenton, NC's and northeastern NC's role during the Founding Era, your knowledge of U.S. history is incomplete and your knowledge of North Carolina is insufficient. Organized women's political activity in America was born in Edenton. The concept of judicial review --that courts can declare legislative acts unconstitutional-- was championed here. Ideas for a national navy and defense were implemented here. Many passages of the N.C. Constitution (1776) and the U.S. Constitution originated here. Leading proponents of the U.S. Constitution (a.k.a. Federalists) lived in this small place, and so did nationally known jurists.

Troy Kickler is the Founding Director of the North Carolina History Project and Editor of

He holds an M.S. in Social Studies Education from North Carolina A&T State University and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Tennessee. His dissertation was “Black Children and Northern Missionaries, Southern Conservatives, Freedmen’s Bureau Agents, and Freedmen in Reconstruction Tennessee.” He has taught at the University of Tennessee, Barton College, and North Carolina State University.

Kickler’s recent publications include “Caught in the Crossfire: African American Children and the Ideological Battle for Education in Reconstruction Tennessee” (Children and Youth During the Civil War Era, New York University Press, 2012, James Marten, ed.) and “Why The Constitution is Essential” as part of State Policy Network’s We The People series.

He has written articles and reviews for such publications as American Diplomacy, Chronicles, Constituting America, H-Civil War, Imaginative Conservative, Journal of Mississippi History, Tennessee Baptist History, Tennessee Historical Quarterly, Tenth Amendment Center, and The Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians. He has also contributed to Exploring American History: From Colonial Times to 1877; Encyclopedia of American Environmental History; and The Old West: Yesterday and Today. He has served as editorial assistant for the Journal of East Tennessee History and has a monthly column for Carolina Journal.

His commentaries have appeared in major North Carolina newspaper outlets, and he has been interviewed for several North Carolina talk-radio stations and news programs. He also has blogged for History News Network.

Directing several educational programs, Kickler is co-creator of the popular Citizen’s Constitutional Workshop and e-newsletter American Founding Era News. He has also directed the John Locke Foundation’s State of Our Constitution symposia series, a program created to foster state constitutional literacy. He currently directs North Carolina History Project’s Living History Event series and NCHP’s Lecture Series.

He serves on the Scholarly Advisory Board of The Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection, a collaborative project of Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest University. He also serves on the College Level Advisory Board of Constituting America, an online essay series exploring the U.S. Constitution, The Federalist Papers, and the Founding Era.

Shaftesbury Luncheon talks are free and open to the public. An optional lunch is available for purchase at the event, or participants may brown bag a lunch if they choose.

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