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J. Vincent Lowery

J. Vincent Lowery



Spring 2013

"Hugh MacRae's Progressive Plan for the Soldier Settlement Movement in Southeastern North Carolina"

Grant in Aid of Research

Final Report: "With the assistance of this grant, I was able to travel to the National Archives in College Park, Maryland, and the North Carolina state archives in Raleigh, where I examined documents related to Wilmington businessman Hugh MacRae’s efforts to establish a veterans’ community outside the Port City after World War I. These records offered unique insights into MacRae’s schemes not yet analyzed by any other scholar. Once considered a marginal participant in the program, I discovered that MacRae assumed a far more active role. In addition to his correspondence with Secretary of the Interior Franklin K. Lane and his subordinates who proposed the program, MacRae also coordinated a lobbying campaign with North Carolina governor Thomas Bickett. Working as an intermediary, MacRae directed the governor to communicate particular ideas to Lane and take necessary steps in order to improve the state’s odds of being awarded a soldier settlement. At home, MacRae asserted himself as the leading member of the state’s delegation to a convention on the soldier settlement plan held in Savannah in 1918. Although Congress ultimately rejected the various soldier settlement bills introduced, MacRae’s efforts, illuminated by this research trip, clearly reflect his belief that the federal government must steer future rural reform programs. As a result of receiving this support from the Research Council, I was able to complete an essential phase of my research. I have since completed a draft of my essay and submitted it to the editors of a volume on North Carolina during World War I, which received an advanced contract from the University of Tennessee Press. The collection should appear in print in a couple of years, and the editors will also hold a conference on the state’s experiences during the war to mark its centennial. My own contribution to this project was made possible by this grant, and I thank you for that assistance."


Spring 2012

"When Fields are Green in Winter: Hugh MacRae and the Agrarian New South Creed"

Grant in Aid of Research


Fall 2010

"The Port City Prophet: Hugh MacRae and the New South Creeds"

Grant in Aid of Research


Spring 2010

"Designing the New South: Hugh MacRae's Immigrant Colonies, Race, Labor, and Desirability after the Wilmington Race Riot of 1898"

Grant in Aid of Research