An excerpt from North Carolina author Robert Ruark’s best known novel reads: “If a man does away with his traditional way of living and throws away his good customs, he had better first make certain that he has something of value to replace them.”
Ruark grew up in Wilmington where he learned to hunt and fish with his grandfathers in the 1920s.
He entered the Chapel Hill campus of the University of North Carolina (UNC) in 1931 at age fifteen.
Ancestors on both sides of his family were Confederate soldiers. This week the university threw away a part of its tradition when it defied a 2015 state law and banished the Silent Sam Confederate statue from any of the fourteen North Carolina counties that have a UNC campus.
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