The North Carolina Atlas

Portrait for a New Century

Edited by Doug Orr, Alfred W. Stuart

Foreword by Governor James B. Hunt Jr.

The North Carolina Atlas

480 pp., 11 x 8.5, 55 illus., 48 tables, 275 color maps, bibl., index

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-8078-2507-5
    Published: March 2000

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As North Carolina enters a new century, perhaps no southern state faces a more intriguing combination of challenges and opportunities. Changes in the state's economy, shifts in its population, and a widening breach between urban and rural areas are just some of the forces that are reshaping North Carolina at this pivotal time in its history.

The North Carolina Atlas will be an invaluable aid in any effort to better comprehend the past, present, and future of our changing state. Using text and more than three hundred maps, charts, and photographs, the book offers an in-depth yet accessible look at the state's physical environment, history, population, and economy as well as such other aspects of life as government, politics, education, health, culture, and outdoor recreation. Tracing the shifts and patterns that have made North Carolina what it is today, the book also forecasts where these and other trends are taking us in this new century.

About the Authors

Douglas M. Orr Jr. is president of Warren Wilson College in Asheville. Together with James W. Clay and Alfred W. Stuart, they are the editors of North Carolina Atlas: Portrait of a Changing Southern State, which The University of North Carolina Press published in 1975.
For more information about Doug Orr, visit the Author Page.

Alfred W. Stuart is professor of geography at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Together with James W. Clay and Douglas M. Orr Jr., they are the editors of North Carolina Atlas: Portrait of a Changing Southern State, which The University of North Carolina Press published in 1975. the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
For more information about Alfred W. Stuart, visit the Author Page.


"The atlas may be read as an introduction to the state or used as a reference work. . . . Useful in all libraries in North Carolina and its region."--Choice

"An impressive new book."--Metromagazine

"Nowhere else can you find a single volume that tells so much about this place, from the geologic formations that created the land beneath our feet to the weather systems that rule the sky above our heads, and how those forces have made us who we are. . . . Between two covers, [Orr and Stuart] and their contributors have created a crash course in understanding a very special place and its people at a critical point in their history."--Business North Carolina

"A snapshot of North Carolina on the cusp of the 21st century. . . . This encyclopedic revision, 12 years in the making, remains a reference work without equal. It also continues UNC Press’s tradition of value-added publishing. In design, editing, paper quality and printing . . . the Atlas exudes a lustrous finish all too rare in books from many other university presses."--Durham Herald-Sun

"Richly illustrated. . . . Unquestionably the book is a valuable reference source for the state’s government and business leaders, news media, students, and Tar Heel citizens."--Our State

"Well written and edited. It’s certainly well organized. And comprehensive."--Greensboro News & Record