Any US state is more than just lines on a map— it’s also cultures, histories, politics, and power. In this course, we’ll examine the diverse voices of North Carolina writers from the mountains to the coast, including artists, activists, workers, and politicians. Going chronologically, we’ll look at historical documents and newspaper articles as well as songs, poetry, and fiction from North Carolina writers. In particular, we will look at how the writings of North Carolinians from past to present relate to issues of power, rhetoric, and justice. As the NC rapper Petey Pablo asks us, it’s time to raise up!