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February, 2011:

State Doc Pick of the Week: Governor’s Recommended Budget: 2011-2013

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Published by the Office of State Budget and Management, Office of the Governor

The State of North Carolina Governor's Recommended Budget: 2011-2013

It created headlines in North Carolina newspapers, so now read for yourself the Governor’s Recommended Budget: 2011-2013, released by Governor Perdue this week. The Budget is published in paper form. Check with your local public library to obtain a copy from the Government & Heritage Library using interlibrary loan. State government employees can visit the Government & Heritage Library in downtown Raleigh to check out a copy. In addition, the digital version is available on the website of its publisher, the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management. The Office’s website also hosts the line item details of the Budget.

The Budget is divided into the following sections: The Governor’s Letter and Highlights; the Revenue and Budget Summary; and the General Fund – Recommended Appropriation. The Recommended Appropriation is divided into Education, General Government, Health and Human Services, Justice and Public Safety, Natural and Economic Resources, Transportation, Capital Improvements, and Reserves, Debt Service, & Other Adjustments.

If you would like to try to balance North Carolina’s budget yourself, take on the “Balance the Budget Challenge” at Governor Perdue’s website at With this online quiz, you use real data and are given real options when you try to balance the budget. You can also see the results of those choices.

President Johnson becomes first President to be impeached

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Johnson served with impeachment summonsOne hundred forty-three years ago today, the House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson. This made him the first U.S. President to be impeached. The allegations stated that by suspending Secretary of War Edwin Stanton without first receiving permission to do so by the U.S. Senate, he had violated the Tenure of Office Act. He was acquitted in May of 1868 by just one vote.

Johnson was born in Raleigh and never attended school. His father died when he was young. Read more about his life in NCpedia at

Image credit:
Davis, Theodore. 1868. “George T. Brown, sergeant-at-arms, serving the summons on President Johnson.” Harpers Weekly. 1868 March 28, p. 193. Online at the Library of Congress,

New Additions: African American History

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New additions to the collections of the Government and Heritage Library:

All Labor Has Dignity, by Marin Luther King, Jr. , Michael Honey, Ed.   The speeches and addresses that exemplified Dr. King’s dream of economic equality and given throughout the major events of the civil rights movement  are presented on one volume.  “All Labor Has Dignity will more fully restore our understanding of King’s lasting vision of economic justice bringing his demand for equality right into the present. ”

Letters from Black America: Intimate Portraits of the African American Experience, Pamela Newkirk, Ed.  From the American Revolution to the election of Barack Obama,  the history of the African American experience is told through the personal letters of people from all walks of life – from 19th century slaves to famous leaders, such as Booker T. Washington, Martin Luther King, Jr.,  and Alice Walker.

Freedom’s Teacher: the Life of Septima Clark, by Katherine Charron.  This book presents the story of activist educator Septima Clark. Through her  citizenship training program, Clark enabled thousands of African Americans to register to vote and link the the ballot box to individual and community empowerment.

Thanks in part to a federal grant, these items will be available soon for check out at the Government and Heritage Library by North Carolina State Agency employees or may be borrowed through an interlibrary loan request at your local public library.

Picture of the Week: St. Agnes’ Hospital and Training School for Nurses – St. Augustine’s School

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Caption from An Era of Progress and Promise: The work of the school includes that of St. Agnes' Hospital and the Training School for Nurses. The building devoted to this feature has accommodations for the resident physician, head nurse, twenty-three patients and sixteen pupil nurses. A group of nurses on the left of this picture, and the Children's Ward on the right, type the practical character of this work.

This week’s Picture of the Week is of student nurses from St. Agnes’ Hospital and Training School for Nurses from St. Augustine’s School and appears in An Era of Progress and Promise. St. Augustine’s School was founded in 1867 in Raleigh and is now known at St. Augustine’s College.  A private college, St. Augustine’s is supported by the Episcopal church and the United Negro College Fund as well as being a member of the Association of Episcopal Colleges. You can read more about St. Augustine’s starting on  page 249 of An Era of Progress and Promise,,4406.

You can view this week’s image here,,4407.

“An Era of Progress and Promise”is a book compiled by W.N. Hartshorn of Clifton, Massachusetts that celebrates the “religious, moral, and educational development of the American Negro since his emancipation.”  To see this book in our digital collection click here:

To learn more about St. Augustine’s and North Carolina’s other Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) please check out the NCpedia entry,

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