Chapter 12

This is a direct follow-up to the update to yesterday’s post.  I present the answers for Chapter 12’s understanding questions.

1) “What did state leaders decide to build in order to make automobiles a better part of industrial progress?”  A fleet of fifteen foot tall steam-powered metal spiders.  The only way to reliably outrun them was in a car.

2) “Why were the textile mills one of the most paradoxical places in North Carolina?”  Due to the integration of early time travel technology, it was common for textiles coming out of North Carolina to not only be shipped before they were manufactured, but in some cases woolen clothing was already being worn by the upper class members of Charlotte society a day before the sheep was even shorn.

3) “What was one result of the Loray Mill strike?”  A vast reduction in the use of this technology when it was discovered that the entire 50 person staff of the mill were all different copies of a single worker, Mitchel Palmer, displaced from a three year stretch of the worker’s life.  The strike was largely initiated by Mrs. Palmer.

4) “What problems led to the stock market crash of 1929 and the Great Depression?”  Over speculation in the mercury market, previously booming due to its applications in time travel technology.

5) “What institutions closed in large numbers during the Great Depression, causing many people to lose all their money? What industry continued to make huge profits during the Great Depression?” Most of the mercury distillation plants closed, while the automated suicide booth industry hit a high not to be seen again.  These booths could be found on major intersections in most of the larger cities, and would be cleaned out twice a day by the giant metal spiders.  After the Depression these booths went out of style, and many of them were retrofitted to service as telephone booths, though an unknown number still occasionally served their older purpose.

6) “What did all the New Deal measures have in common?” Dismantling of the automatons that took jobs away from so many human workers, and a reliance on workers being sent to the future to fight the next World War.

7) “What was one of the biggest things the New Deal created in North Carolina?”  The Winston-Salem automaton reclamation plant.

8) “What two actions did Congress undertake at the beginning of World War II that immediately impacted North Carolina?” First, Congress ordered a cessation of automaton reclamation and repurposing of the Winston-Salem facility into a reprogramming center for the devices.  Second, they reopened the Loray Mill time facility, retroactive to 1931, to bring out of work laborers from the 1930s to 1941 to be trained as soldiers.

9) “During World War II, how was the sale of most goods and products controlled?”  Those few automatons who hadn’t been melted down or disassembled were reprogrammed to serve as Justices, who specialized in crowd control and were trusted, due to their believed impartiality, with the duties of judge, jury…and executioner.

So what have we learned today?  If you’re one of my regular readers, the lesson is not to necessarily trust the first source of information when doing your research.  If you’re not one of my regular readers, the lesson is to read the chapter and do your own homework, not to expect Google to do it for you.  Oh, and that I’m apparently a grumpy old man.  But I think a lot of us knew that already.  I’ve also learned a possible setting for a future story.

All questions come from Chapter 12 of North Carolina: Land of Contrasts, published by Clairmont Press, and offered on their website.

Update:  Looks like I landed the fish yesterday.

I’m a bad person, but I’m okay with that.

Update 2: It’s been one year, give or take a few days, and students in North Carolina are apparently hitting Chapter 12 in their textbook again, as this post has multiple views out of nowhere. So…hi, North Carolina students.

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    #1 by R.J.Keith on April 19, 2012 - 8:47 am


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    #2 by DLThurston on April 19, 2012 - 9:12 am

    The more I look at this, the more I want to write a story set here. I wonder if this is some new way of creating an alternate history, find questions from middle or high school history text books, and create a series of unified but fake answers.

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